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Poppy Stained Glass Art Remembrance Day

Poppy Stained Glass Art Remembrance Day Poppy Activities for Kids

We made such a lovely poppy window display together. With Remembrance Day coming round quickly and the children seeing poppies as they walk around in shops and on people’s cars and clothing I like to do activities that will open up conversations as we create and make together. I shared this lovely craft over on Instagram last night....

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What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed since the end of the First World War. The First World War took place 28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918. Remembrance Day or Armistice Day as it’s sometimes called is a day to honour and remember the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. We hold a two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who have died in any conflict.

What is a good way to explain Remembrance Day to young children?

When I am talking to young children about why we have this Memorial Day I explain to them that we think about all the special people who have worked really hard to help keep the world a safer place for us all. It’s a real child friendly way to explain why the day is important and can be something you build upon and explain in more detail as they get older. 

What do all the different colour poppies mean?

We tend to see red poppies but there are lots of other poppy colours that people wear to signify different things, let’s take a look at what they symbolise:

The red poppy is linked to the Royal British Legion, which is a charity created by veterans of World War One. They work hard to fundraisers all year but around Remembrance Day many people take to streets and shops to sell items in person for the charity. The red poppy represents remembrance and hope.

The purple poppy is worn to remember animals that have been victims of war. 

The white poppy is linked to a charity called Peace Pledge Union, which promotes peace. They say that whilst this poppy does commemorate people who have sadly passed away during the conflict it focuses mainly on achieving peace. 

Poppy Stained Glass Art Remembrance Day Poppy Activities for Kids

The Activity - Making a Poppy Stained Glass Window

I used a sheet of sticky back for this activity. I used a sharpie pen to draw out some poppy shapes and using card and tissue paper the children set to work to make a Poppy stained glass window. 

Poppy Stained Glass Art Remembrance Day Poppy Activities for Kids

I included all colours for them but they stuck to making red poppies with the black centre and used colours as the backdrop which worked really well actually. 

Poppy Stained Glass Art Remembrance Day Poppy Activities for Kids

It was an activity they kept coming back to throughout the day meaning that although at times they were creating it together they also had times of solo creating too. It started to take shape pretty quickly and before long we had this incredible piece of artwork up on the window which looked amazing as the light came through it! 

Lets see this activity in action:

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I attached the sheet to the window using some cellotape. 

Poppy Stained Glass Art Remembrance Day Poppy Activities for Kids

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