Explaining Remembrance Day for kids to understand can be a challenge. The complicated subject of war, the debt civilians owe soldiers for their efforts and sacrifice will most likely be investigated more thoroughly in the older grades.
This apple stamp poppy art lesson is a good introduction to the subject and an excellent follow up after you have read a few books to your students to help them understand the history of Remembrance and Veteran’s Day, why the days are observed, and why we honour veterans by flying flags, attending parades, buying poppies, by visiting hospitals and having a one or two minute time of silence.
At this time, young children can also be introduced to the concept that they are able to make a difference in making their world a better place, that the actions and choices they make impact those around them.
Remembrance Day Apple Print Poppies
Prep & Materials:
- Carefully cut an apple in half as straight as possible
- Scoop out inside star with a small spoon or melon baller
- Flat trays with a few different shades of red paint
- A pot of black paint and small brush
- Provide a nonspill container and a brush for green paint
- White paper
- Black construction paper for display
- Dip the half apple in the red paint and swirl it around, then stamp the circular poppy shapes on the white paper
- Paint stems with a brush
- Drop black paint into the center of each poppy
- Cut out poppies when dry
- Display on black construction paper for impact
Remembrance and Veteran’s Day Books for Younger Children