Anzac Day is one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most respected days of the year. It marks the anniversary of the initial military involvement by the Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War. It is a day of remembrance and reflection. A day dedicated to give thanks and respect to the men and women who gave their lives to service our nations and to bring peace to our countries.
The Flanders Poppy is a distinctive red poppy that is a significant symbol to Anzac Day. The Flanders Poppy became the symbol of remembrance as it was one of the first plants to bloom in the battlefields of northern France and Belgium after the war.
History is very important to our culture and nation and it is important to teach children about their countries history to give them an understanding and respect for their heritage.
A great way to get children involved in history is to make it fun and memorable with arts and craft. Mocka’s tissue paper poppies are a fun and easy activity to do with your child. You can help your child to make up a bouquet for them to place at a war memorial at the service to show your respect.
Red tissue paper
Black tissue paper
Green pipe cleaners
A large round cup, tin or lid
A smaller round cup, tin or lid
Lay three pieces of red tissue paper down on top of each other on a bench. Add additional tissue paper if you want your poppy to appear fuller.
Place a round cup, tin or lid off a container onto the tissue paper and trace around it with your pencil and cut it out.
Lay three pieces of black tissue paper down on top of each other on a bench.
Place a round cup, tin or lid off a container that is smaller than the one in Step 2 onto the black tissue paper and trace around it with your pencil and cut it out.
Take the stack of black tissue paper circles and place them on top of the larger white tissue paper circles. Take 1 green pipe cleaner and poke it through the middle of the tissue paper stack. Pull through 1 inch of the pip cleaner and bend it back, thread it through the paper again to create a hook shape. Add some craft glue to the poppy to secure it. Once the glue is dry, gently ruffle out the tissue paper to reveal your poppy.