Get crafty with your little ones this Remembrance Sunday by creating a simple yet meaningful paper poppy craft. Perfect for parents and children to do together, this activity not only kindles creativity but also opens up a gentle conversation about the significance of Remembrance Day.
Ideal for kids of all ages, this hands-on project is a poignant way to teach about peace, history, and the importance of honoring those who have fought for what’s right.
Poppies have become a symbol of remembrance for the soldiers who have died in war. Their bright red blooms are a resilient reminder of the strength and perseverance of those who fought, and they grew on the battlefields after World War I ended.
Creating these flowers with your children provides a tangible connection to the past and an opportunity to introduce them to the concepts of peace and remembrance in an accessible way.
This paper poppy craft is suited for a wide range of ages – from preschoolers who are mastering their scissor skills, to older children who can engage more deeply with the day’s history.
It’s a fantastic tactile activity for developing fine motor skills and an excellent chance for family bonding.
Craft Materials Needed
- Red and black construction paper
- Glue stick
- Optional – Safety pin to attach to the back of your poppy
How to Make a Paper Craft Poppy
Follow the Step-by-Step Instructions below
This paper poppy craft is a simple, hands-on activity designed for children and parents to create together in honor of Remembrance Day. By drawing, cutting, and assembling red paper petals around a textured black paper center, you can create a symbolic poppy.
This craft is not only a creative way to engage with children about the history and significance of the day but also serves as a gentle introduction to the themes of remembrance and peace. It's suitable for a variety of age groups and is perfect for developing fine motor skills in young children.
With common craft supplies like scissors, glue, and construction paper, this DIY poppy is an excellent project for families looking to commemorate this important day with a tangible and educational activity.
- Red and black construction paper
- Glue stick
- Gather Your Materials: Before you start, make sure you have all your materials ready. You'll need red paper for the petals, black paper for the center, scissors, glue, and a pencil.
- Drawing the Petals: Start by drawing the poppy petals on the red paper. You can make this a fun exercise by talking about the shape and size of poppy petals with your kids.
- Cutting Out the Petals: Carefully cut out the petals. This is great practice for little ones learning how to use scissors. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect - nature isn't, after all!
- Creating the Center: Cut out a black circle for the poppy's center. Make small snips around the edge to add texture, mimicking the flower's stamen.
- Assembling the Poppy: Once you have all the pieces cut out Arrange the red petals in a circular shape and glue them together at the center. Then, attach the textured black circle to the middle of the red petals.
- Final Touches: Share stories or discuss the meaning of the day while you let your craft dry. You can even attach a safety pin to the back to wear your poppy with pride.
As you craft, it’s the perfect moment to chat with your kids about what Remembrance Day is all about. Explain why the poppy is used as a symbol and what it stands for. It’s a chance to discuss the broader themes of peace and why it’s important to remember history.
This Remembrance Day, take the opportunity to not only create a beautiful paper poppy with your children but also to impart the lasting lessons of history, honor, and peace. Through this simple yet powerful craft, you can help younger generations carry forward the message of Remembrance Sunday, keeping the memories alive in a personal, meaningful way.
More Poppy Crafts and Activities for Armistice Day
Using these resources to continue with your Remembrance Sunday theme this November, you can make a potato print poppy field painting, colour poppy colouring pages, and write down reflections on our poppy themed writing paper.
Whether you want to mark Remembrance Day (aka Armstice day) at home, in the classroom or in a community group like Brownies or Scouts, we hope these free resources are useful.
Tissue paper poppy kits (affiliate)
Pom pom poppy art (affiliate)
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