One of the best ways to facilitate conversations with kids about Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day is to engage them in a poppy craft. It allows them to have time to process the information you share while also feeling like they can contribute in some way. Today, we’re sharing 15 of our favorite Poppy Crafts for Kids.
Poppy Crafts for Kids
For Remembrance Day last year, I shared with Ella our family’s military history. She wore her grandpa’s berets, held his metals, and gasped in the knowledge that her grandpa was, as she put it, “Batman.” (She’s 3.)
This year, I wanted to try out some poppy crafts with the kids as a way of facilitating conversation about Remembrance Day as it is known here in Canada – or Veteran’s Day for my US friends and Anzac Day for my Australian friends!
Giving kids a sensory play invitation or craft after (or while) they receive new information is a great way to help them encode that information in a deep way. Think about the difference between watching a recipe technique on TV versus watching a recipe technique in your kitchen and then getting to try it out right away. You are more likely to retain that information and understand it in a deeper way because of that combination of two information processes.
Obviously, the information that you share will depend on the ages of the children you are dealing with, but children of all ages can understand having gratitude and honoring people who have made sacrifices for us and our world.
These books about the significance of poppies would be great to pair with the craft:
- The Poppy Lady by Barbara Walsh
- Ava’s Poppy by Marcus Pfister
- In Flanders Field (this book contains both the famous poem and the background behind the poem)
If you are just searching ideas and not making these poppy crafts now, make sure you pin this for later!
Here are our 15 favorite poppy crafts from around the internet:
(Yes this list used to have just 10 ideas but we’ve added more as Ella has gotten older and we’ve needed a good mix of toddler crafts and big kid crafts.)
A great mini-unit on Veteran’s Day accompanies this ripped paper poppy craft from Carrots are Orange.
This coffee filter poppy craft from Happy Hooligan’s Jackie Currie can be found on the CBC website. We love our coffee filter crafts so this one will definitely be happening.
Loving these melted wax poppies made with parchment paper from Mum in the Mad House! We’ll likely pull out the hair dryer (rather than a clothes iron) to melt the wax in a hands-on way that the kids can participate in, as suggested in the tutorial. She also made an awesome Poppy Pinwheel craft, too!
I really love the simplicity and wow factor of this cupcake liner poppy wreath from Mama Papa Bubba. Although it has a couple of steps, I think our preschoolers could handle it, and it gives enough “freedom” to not be too product-driven (rather than process-driven) for my Montessori leanings.
I’ve been subscribing to the weekly e-mail from Nurturestore for years, and I always get at least one great idea per week! This watercolour painting-turned-poppy wreath idea has some serious art credit to it.
Our Tissue Paper Poppy Wreath is a simple craft that kids of all ages can help make – whether they each make their own wreaths or each contribute a poppy to a “group wreath.”
A Poppy Hair Clip (Mama Papa Bubba) is a great alternative to a pin that can jab little kids.
This Paper Poppy Craft can be transformed into magnets, added to a frame, or added to a thank you card. I also share a free printable template to make it super easy to make perfect paper poppies.
A DIY Poppy Lantern is a gorgeous idea for remembering family members we may have lost.
Raid the recycling bin to make these Egg Carton Poppies like Kinder Art.
I love how accurate and realistic this poppy colouring page is — it could be easily used for a botany or labeling lesson. If you print on a heavy cardstock, the kids could easily use watercolour paints to a gorgeous result.
I love the symbolism of this poppy and hands wreath craft — I searched for the original creator and page with no luck, but it looks pretty straightforward. (If you know where this craft is from, please comment so I can link to it!)
And as our last idea, a felt poppy craft that is perfect for older children — or even adults to get their craft on! The instructions are accompanied by detailed pictures so this one should be pretty straight-forward to figure out.
I hope you enjoyed our Top Ten List of Poppy Crafts for Veteran’s Day or Remembrance Day. Leave me a comment and let me know how you’ll be celebrating! Be sure to subscribe to our weekly e-mails to not miss out on future unit studies or round-ups!
The original pin from this post in 2014: