Have your kids create a giant red poppy out of tissue paper in remembrance of the brave soldiers who served, especially those who went into battle and died serving the country.

Remembrance Poppy: A Memorial Day Craft

Have your kids create a giant red poppy out of tissue paper in remembrance of the brave soldiers who served, especially those who went into battle and died serving the country. The red poppy was first used by Great Britain to commemorate fallen soldiers. In the poem “In Flanders Fields” the soldiers that have passed on describe the poppies that bloomed across battlefields after World War I. The poppies were bright red, and reminiscent of spilled blood. This literary craft project is a great opportunity to get your children to reflect on the tragic loss of so many heroic soldiers in the various wars fought throughout history.

Have your kids create a giant red poppy out of tissue paper in remembrance of the brave soldiers who served, especially those who went into battle and died serving the country.
What You Need:

  • Copy or access to the poem: “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae
  • Paper plate
  • Tissue paper (red)
  • Craft glue
  • Construction paper (black)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cup (for tracing)

What You Do:

  1. Discuss the symbolism behind the red poppy with your kids. Have them read the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, aloud.
  2. Ask them what they think about the poem and how the poem makes them feel.
  3. Place the paper plate on a table in front of your kids. Ask them to cut out large petals from the red tissue paper and assemble them on the plate to create a red poppy flower.
  4. Let them glue the petals in place.
  5. Have them trace the cup on the black construction paper and cut out the circle to glue on the center of the flower.
  6. Encourage them to hang their red remembrance poppy on a wall, or door in observance of both Veterans Day or Memorial Day (or Remembrance Day!) and all of people who have served, or were tragically killed during battle.

Encourage them to hang their red remembrance poppy on a wall, or door in observance of both Veterans Day or Memorial Day (or Remembrance Day!) and all of people who have served, or were tragically killed during battle.

How will you remember on Memorial Day?

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Comments

  1. This is an excellent craft to do with the kids. It’s easy to do, and it’s a great conversation starter for them.

  2. Poppies are such a great symbol of bravery and freedom. What an awesome craft for Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or anytime.

  3. What a lovely craft to honor those who have fallen. I have learned so much about poppies here. I always thought they were just a beautiful flower. Thank you for the dedication and wonderful craft that has meaning behind it.

  4. I learned about the symbolism behind the poppy last Veteran’s day. I had no idea of its meaning until last year.

  5. What a wonderful way to show respect and shed light on such a memorable time in history. Poppies are so beautiful!

  6. What a awesome idea for remembering Veterans for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Definitely going to give this one a try with my girls now. Thanks Echo!! 🙂

  7. Claudia Krusch

    This is a great project to do with the kids. I will have to get the supplies I need to do this with my Son.

  8. I love the poem that it talks about reading aloud to your kids while they are creating this. It is so important to make sure our kids know the importance of this day.

  9. What a fun project to do with the little ones. Remebering all the heroes who have given so much on Memorial day is important.

  10. This is a great way to spend time with the kids! We don’t spend memorial day here in our country, but maybe we can make our own version! 🙂

  11. Rebecca Swenor

    We had learned from my grandfather who fought in WW ll about the meaning of the poppy flower and memorial day. This literary craft project is indeed a great way to teach the children about the meaning behind the poppy during memorial day. Thanks for sharing the information.

  12. Kathy

    What a fun craft to do. I love that the poppy is such an important symbol. I usually get one this time of year too.

  13. This is gorgeous. Scarlet always gets a poppy to wear before our Memorial Day parade starts here in town.
    ‘You should come!

  14. That is a nice craft. I have some family members that fought in the armed forces that are no longer with us. I might visit their grave sites and place an American flag there. That is the traditional thing to do.

  15. I love this idea. The military and their families sacrafice so much for our freedom. Been there done that and its a tough life.

  16. Victoria Heckstall

    This is an awesome craft to celebrate memorial day. I love your idea, it’s so much fun and interesting.

  17. Karlyn Cruz

    This is pretty cool. i like to do this with my kids and nephew. This is such an easy thing to do..

  18. What a great way to teach kids there is more to Memorial Day than the unofficial start of summer. I think I need to do this with my grandson.

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