Today is a special day, not quite a "holiday" to celebrate but a day to recognize, be thankful and honour our heroes, both fallen and those who continue to dedicate their lives to our daily safety. Remembrance Day is important to talk about with your children. Conversation is often easier when we're doing something else - like crafting, so break out the glue and paper, start talking about the day together but remember to stop at 11:00 today to honour in a full minute of silence.
Our momstown Pinterest boards are always full of great ideas including our Remembrance Day Pinterest board so we've created a super round up of 11 poppy ideas to create with young children to honour November 11th.
We love No Time for FlashCards (fabulous ideas over there!) and this special Poppy is perfect for young children all the time. Gluing the black beans on is great fine motor skill practise.
Our Bingo Dabbler Poppy is a perfect for little ones who love to paint and everyone can get in on the action.
For older kids this is a fabulous watercolour project. My grade one daughter came home from school with a picture much like this last year. To create the "reverse" effect, tape crosses to the paper and paint around and over for the background, then remove to leave the white "cross". Then add paper poppies once it's all dry. The Artist Woman has a superb tutorial here (she's a new favourite site of mine too!).
Simple poppies made from construction paper and popsicle sticks were posted here on momstown last year after my family had a long discussion about where Flanders field actually was. It's not just a poem (obviously).
Another simple way to make a poppy - use your little one's Handprint! Thanks to momstown Burlington for this Remembrance Day craft idea.
The Artist Woman has another fabulous craft here with Coffee Filter Poppies. Her tutorial is quite detailed (worth visiting) and will keep a school age child enamoured as there are many ways to elevate this craft, but for a younger child, her work can be an inspiration of what you can do very simply with a coffee filter, red marker and some water.
Get out the fingerpaints today and use the tips of thumbs and fingers to create simple poppies like momstown Oakville did. Perfect for even the littlest of littest, as it will remind YOU why your grateful today, to be lucky enough to be protected and be enjoying a sweet moment with your child (even when you're cleaning up paint).
P is for Poppy! momstown Mississauga got busy this week making P's at their Alphabet Play program and this can be re-created at home today easily.
We loved this beautiful door poppy wreath by Bugaboo, mini, Mr and Me. She found a new use for, guess what... paper napkins! Find out how you and your kids can make this for Remembrance Day, it's pretty easy actually and looks beautiful.
Grab that Bingo Dabber again and quickly, four dabs make a poppy! Within seconds your child can create an entire Flanders Field. Perfect craft as the wreath above is drying.
Mosaic crafts are popular with kids (our momstown kids love them) so a Mosaic Poppy is super idea. Children can either rip paper or practise scissor skills by cutting red scrap paper into small sections. Thanks to My Crazy Simple Life for showcasing their Remembrance Day craft.
Please remember to make time at 11:00 local time today to Remember. It's so important to teach our children to take a moment today to be thankul and appreciate how lucky we are to live in a free country made possible by all heroes. If you have a family member who served, it's a great time to remind your child of that person, the more personal Remembrance Day feels, the more likely we are all to recognize and remember.