Remembrance day is one of the most important days in our history. It marks the end of world war 1 and gives us the opportunity to remember the bravery and sacrifice all soldiers have made to keep us safe. Remembrance day activities are a great way for us to explore the topic in a way that is appropriate to our children’s understanding so lets take a look at a few ideas below.
Remembrance Day Activities and Art Ideas
Poppy field craft
- Toilet Roll Tube
- Hot Glue Gun
- Red and Green Paint
- Cardboard or long tray the roll the toilet roll tube in
- Black Pen
The Set Up
Use the hot glue to make random marks onto the toilet roll tube as shown in the image below. (sorry this was after we had used it but you will get the idea)
Cut the potato in half, using the knife cut out two triangle on opposite sides of the potato to give it the poppy shape.
Squeeze the green paint onto your cardboard and roll the toilet roll tube through the paint and then roll it onto the card. It should leave behind a pretty cool pattern! Once the green paint has dried squeeze some red paint onto the cardboard and do some printing with the potato poppies.
Once you are happy with your poppy field place your artwork to one side to dry. Finally, when your masterpiece is dry, use the black pen to give each of your circles a black middle.
Remembrance Day Activities Like This Are Great For;
Boosting physical development as your child uses gross and fine motor skills to make marks using the roller and potato.
Encouraging creativity as we let our children freely explore the resources available and test their own ideas.
Promoting understanding the world as we talk to our children about remembrance day so they can understand why it is an important part of our history.
Supporting cognitive development as your child gets messy with the paint exploring the different textures, marks and colours.
- Empty egg boxes
- Red paint
- Paint brush
- Black pen
- PVA glue
- Green card
- Ribbon or string.
THE SET UP
Cut your egg boxes up so the you have separated the bits the eggs sit in and trim them so they are roughly all the same size. Once your are ready get the red paint out and cover each one in red paint. When they are dry draw a black dot in the middle. Take the card and cut out a wreath shape. Glue your poppy’s onto it then take your ribbon and tape it onto the back of your wreath ready to hang for everyone to see.
Remembrance day Activities Like This Are Great For;
Supporting Physical development – Mark making allows children to practice their fine and gross motor skills as the hold the tool and move in different ways.
Encouraging Communication and Language – Exploring activities together allows children to hear how different words and sentences are used. They also get to explore how different sounds can be explored through play.
Promoting Understand the world – Exploring events that happen around us allows children to understand the community around them
Boosting Expressive arts and design – Exploring the texture and the different ways we can make marks is great for developing creativity.
Remembrance Day For Kids
When is Remembrance day?
Remembrance Day is on the 11th of November ever year. With the two minutes silence starting at 11am
How can I keep my child quiet for two minutes?
As children get old this is a little easier to manage however for the younger ones it’s worth telling them why we are being quiet, Cebeebies have created a lovely video that they play at 11 or if you don’t have access to it you can find it on youtube by searching ‘cebeebies remembrance day video’.
Remembrance Day Facts
1 – It is a day we celebrate the end of world war 1 and remember the bravery of all soldiers that fight to keep us safe.
2- We use poppies to remember because they grew on the battle fields after world war 1.
3- Sometimes people will wear a purple poppy to remember the animals that died in wars too.
4- Remembrance day is also known as Armistice Day.