Being a military family with a husband on a nine-month deployment, (we’re two months in, sob), I rlike to make sure the children understand Armistice, Remembrance Day and what the poppy signifies. This year, more than ever because not only are we remembering those from the World Wars but we’re remembering those who have lost their lives in more recent times, too. But as my two are only 7 and 3 it can be a bit of a heavy topic, so I find crafts the best way to aid the discussion. Here are a few I’ve bookmarked to give a go this weekend…
Clay Poppy Bowl. First up, and one I am definitely going to be doing is the easy clay poppy bowl. So simple, functional and a great gift, too. My kids love clay play. Kudos to Red Ted Art for this one. Pop over and get instructions but also check out her other activities, too.
Painted Poppies. Just love this super simple craft from Nurture Store. Basically, paint red blobs, and then add the details. Stick them on to straws (or rolled green paper) and voila. Looks fab, needs very few materials and is quick! You can also make loads of these to create a wreath.
Felt Poppy Flowers. We have made felt flowers here on BG before, they really are the simplest thing to do, they literally take minutes. Have a look at this tutorial from The Things She Makes. If I get time to grab some felt, I am going to hot glue some of these to safety pins to make brooches.
DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Poppy Craft. Jen aka Mum in the Madhouse has come up trumps with this recycled bottle craft. Bottles and Sharpies to the ready! (I love a Sharpie activity – remind me to post about Lola’s Tinkerbell Sharpie shoes!)
Super Simple Poppy Hair Clip. I have red craft foam. I have black sticky back felt. I am sure I have some alligator clips somewhere, and I can find two minutes to make a couple of these hair clips. Hats off to Mama.Papa.Bubba for this idea. Love it.