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How to help kids know the importance of Anzac Day (activities included)

We are a week ahead of Anzac Day, where in Australia, people will remember those who fought for their countries. They were called Anzacs as they fought for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp. The country will have a day off, some will play two-up, others will have friends around for a BBQ. Most will recognise that it’s a commemorative day, but it often ends there.

A day remembering lost soldiers and wars fought, wherever & whenever it may be commemorated, is an opportunity to teach kids, the significance of the day and the selflessness these women and men showed. Kids are inherently selfish little creatures and it’s our job to instil and teach values they will carry for life. One of the hardest values to teach is empathy but is also one of the most useful life-skills.

Empathy and selflessness fit closely together and are about other people. Feeling, understanding, caring about how another person feels is a mature concept. Anzac Day, however, gives us an opportunity to talk about others, instead of ourselves and teach the importance of what happened in the First & Second World Wars. I like that there are symbols such as the poppie and the Anzac biscuit to help kids signify an important day. Taking the learning a step beyond making cookies by talking about what the Anzac biscuit signifies is an opportunity to talk about the soldiers, going away from home, sacrifice, acting for others.

So here are a couple of activities that are easy to do with kids from 2-12, that will give you the opportunity to talk about the importance of Anzac Day.

Poppie making

Making poppies with preschoolers

– Using card or a thicker paper, cut out a rough shape of a poppie. All poppies are unique so your drawing skills don’t need to be exact!
– Now decorate the poppie with what you have on-hand that will make the poppie red. We’ve used flat tissue paper, balled-up tissue paper, tissue paper on the end of a pencil so it sits up, pom poms, red paper, red yarn or you can simply colour it in red.
– Draw, collage, cut & paste the tissue/paper/pom poms to make the centre of the flower black
– If you have a popsicle stick, you can attach this on the back to hold onto your flower. If you don’t, not to worry, simply fix it to a fridge, wall or bedroom door to display your child’s artwork.

Making a poppie for preschoolers

Anzac Biscuits

These super easy, oat & coconut based cookies take minutes to whip up and minutes to be eaten!

traditional-anzac-biscuit

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
125 g butter, melted
2 tbsp golden syrup (we’ve used honey when we didn’t have golden syrup)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp boiling water

Combine all of the ingredients together, we melted our butter, added the golden syrup and boiling water then combined with the dry ingredients. Place on a cookie sheet, spacing out enough as they spread a bit. Cook for about 8-10 minutes on 180C (350F) and watch that they don’t burn!

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