10 ANZAC Day Craft And Food Ideas To Commemorate The Day
It is one of the most sacred days in the Aussie calendar, and as we prepare for ANZAC Day on 25th April, these crafty, commemorative activities are a perfect way to teach kids more about this important day.
From ANZAC Day wreath craft and how to make your own poppies to our favourite ANZAC biscuit recipes and an inspired ANZAC cupcake, families will love making these 10 DIY projects can help you commemorate and pay tribute to our wartime heroes with little ones and teach them about the significant meaning of the day.
ANZAC Day: Why Do We Make Wreaths And Poppies?
Making wreaths and poppies are a beautiful way to get children involved in a local ceremony or personal commemoration.
Wreaths have become symbolic of ANZAC Day remembrance, as a way to recognise the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Since World War I, wreaths have been laid at memorials to remember those Australians who died in service. Similarly, red poppies, which were among the first plants to bloom across the wasted European battlefields during World War I, are considered to be Australia's commemorative flower of remembrance - a tradition that began in the early 1900s and continues to remind us of those that served for our country.
1. Make A Poppy Wreath
Bringing both of the iconic elements together, RSL Queensland has an excellent tutorial for a fun activity you can do with your kids to commemorate ANZAC Day - Make a Poppy Wreath! They also have RSL Education to help teach your kids about this symbolic day.
2. Make An Egg Carton Wreath
For a DIY ANZAC day project that's equal parts spirit and sustainability, this Egg Carton Wreath by No Time For Flashcards is an ideal way to recycle what you already have at home! Transform the egg pods into poppy buds and stick them onto a round paper plate (more recycling in action!) to make an adorable remembrance wreath.
3. Make A Patty Pan Poppy Wreath
Another savvy craft activity using everyday items you probably have in the pantry, this Patty Pan Poppy Wreath by Mama.Papa.Bubba. uses red cupcake cases to make pretty poppies! A paper plate again serves as a sturdy base and the little green buttons on this one add a gorgeous textural element. Very arty!
4. DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Poppy Flowers
This project is slightly more advanced as it involves melting plastic bottles over tealight candles, however, the result is amazing! The DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Poppy Flowers by Mum In The Madhouse uses simple tools including plastic bottles, Sharpies, tealight candle and scissors to mould perfect hanging blooms.
5. Free ANZAC Day Poppy Printables
This beautifully designed ANZAC Day Poppy Printable by Tiny Me can be used to create an array of adorable little DIY craft activities for little ones. It comes with poppy and wreath templates, plus The ANZAC Day Story for kids. Use your paper poppy as a badge, to decorate your home or to create a wreath to commemorate ANZAC Day. Download the Free ANZAC Day Printable.
6. How to Make a Paper Poppy
This Make a Paper Poppy tutorial from Be A Fun Mum is a super simple and very sweet way to take time out on ANZAC Day. Using red cupcake cases, straws or paddle pop stick, a black texter and glue, you can create your own commemorative bouquet to display in your home, or you give them out to share the spirit in your community.
7. Remembrance Poppy Potato Prints
These fun, easy Remembrance Poppy Potato Prints by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots are the perfect craft activity for little ones, using potatoes for printing the petals and real poppy seeds at the centre. These vibrant artworks will make a beautiful ANZAC Day display, and when you've finished you could plant it in the garden and see real poppies bloom from the seeds!
8. ANZAC Day Poppy Printable
Here's another free printable that kids will love to colour in and cut out! This ANZAC Day Poppy Printable from Bright Star Kids is a simple way to get younger children involved in commemorating the ANZACs, with a free colouring sheet they can fill in and cut out to create their own unique poppy.
9. Make ANZAC Biscuits
Every Aussie should know how to make these humble biscuits that have stood the test of time since their wartime origins and remain a heartwarming tradition to commemorate our diggers. We've compiled Five of our Favourite ANZAC Biscuit Recipes so you can bake These delicious sweet treats to your heart's content this ANZAC Day public holiday and beyond!
10. Easy ANZAC Cupcakes
If you want to take your ANZAC Day baking to the next level, try these delightful, medal-worthy Easy ANZAC Cupcakes by Tea With Mum. A twist on the classic biscuit, these inspired cupcakes use the familiar flavours to create an impressive, fluffy apple and golden syrup cupcake with a biscuit crumb topping, golden syrup frosting and a mini ANZAC biscuit to top it off.
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