Veteran’s Day or Remembrance Day as it’s called in Canada is only a few days away. Over the weekend my kids created this craft together. I thought it was fitting to work on a project together since those we remember were anything but selfish. What I love about this day is that it offers us a chance to talk to our kids about the sacrifices and people instead of the politics of war. The poppy is a symbol used for Remembrance Day in Canada and other Commonwealth countries but is being seen more and more here in the United States so we decided to use it for this Veterans Day craft. If you are looking for more patriotic American crafts I have lots of those here. I like to teach my children about holidays with both the Canadian and American traditions and this craft goes perfectly with reading In Flander’s Fields a poem most every Canadian will know and I encourage all to read and share with your children who are of the age to understand it.
Gather your materials. You will need an egg carton, scissors, red and black paint ( we used acrylic so it would dry faster – but they are not washable so chose wisely! ), a paper plate, a sentence strip or other card stock, a stapler, a marker, some paint brushes, ribbon for hanging and lots of white glue.
Start but cutting your egg carton into flowers. This is harder than it looks and took a few steps. First I cut the cups off the carton, then made four cuts and then trimmed the edges to make it more poppy like.
While my daughter did some painting my son wrote out remember on a sentence strip. Have extras on hand if you are using a permanent marker like he did. I didn’t correct his spelling but after he wrote it he knew it wasn’t right and we sounded it out together and he wanted to try again.
This craft is not just for veterans but also for active duty , spouses and the often forgotten children of the men and women who serve their country and make incredible sacrifices . It’s a simple craft with a big heart behind it.
- Gather your materials. You will need one red and one blue sparkly pipe cleaner and letter beads to spell out THANK YOU. For the Rememberance Day version, you need one red and one white pipe cleaner and letter beads to spell out REMEMBER .
- Start by putting the letters in order, my son was all into this part.
- Next thread the beads on. I lost him after a few letters.
- Twist the pipe cleaners together into a bracelet.
Is this too tricky? Try on of these kids crafts instead.
I am Canadian and today in both Canada and the United States it’s a holiday celebrating those who fight for our respective countries. In Canada it’s Remembrance Day and In the US Veteran’s Day. In Canada the Royal Canadian Legion sells little poppy pins for people to wear and show support for our defenders past and present ( this is also done in the UK). In the United States we often see yellow ribbons. So today I am dedicating this craft to my country but if you are looking for a patriotic American craft do not fear I have a list ready for you too.
- Gather your materials. You will need a paper grocery bag, a marker, scissors, some red paint, dried black beans and glue.
- Start by cutting open your bag and drawing a poppy.
- My son informed me he was going to make his own poppy just with scissors… he worked on it the whole time I did the poppy. Never force a child to do art , I wanted to post this today so I had to get it done but I can re do it with him if he asks. He was creating too, and we chatted the whole time about veterans and why I am making a poppy.
- Paint with red paint.
- Add glue to the center.
- Add your black beans. Let dry.
- When dry cut out.
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In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.— Lt.-Col. John McCrae
For more information on this poem click here
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Most letters to the troops programs have been suspended due to security regulations, however I found this: