Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (11 November 2015) commemorates the sacrifices of people affected by war and conflict. In the lead up to Remembrance Day, many people wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope.

We’ve put together a few ideas for you to try with your unit to learn about Remembrance Day and to make your own poppies.

Make your own poppy

We came across this fantastic and simple version of making poppies on the Pint Sized Treasures blog. The poppies can even be used to decorate a home-made card to give to friends, family or neighbours.

To create the perfect poppy, use cupcakes cases of different sizes. If you can’t find any red ones, simply use white ones and colour them in. If you’ve only got one size of cupcake case, you can vary the sizes by cutting off some of the edges.

Poppy Image

What you’ll need:

  • Red cupcake cases– various sizes
  • Glue gun or double side tape or glue dots
  • Large black buttons
  • Green straws
  • Sticking tape

Instructions:

  • Start by cutting a wavy edge on the largest size of your cupcake case. Then do the same on the smaller one (or cut a larger wavy edge if you only have ones of the same size).
  • Then stick your two cake cases together with the smaller one on the inside before gluing your large black button on.
  • Once the glue has dried, turn over and apply the paper straw with sticking tape.

There are many other ways to get involved and learn about Remembrance Day. Why not try:

  • Learning how to march or parade – you can then take part in your local Remembrance Day parade.
  • Make your own poppy wreath to lay at your local war memorial.
  • Visit your local war memorial, find out how many names are on there and which war they were in.
  • Decorate some cupcakes with a poppy theme and sell these at a fundraising event for service men and women.
  • Paint, draw or take a picture of a poppy.

Looking for more ideas? Visit the Poppy Challenge Pinterest board.