Here’s an easy paper plate poppy craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make in honour of Remembrance Day. Of all the poppy crafts I have on my blog, this one is the easiest. And if you’re looking for more easy paper plate crafts, be sure to check out our A-Z paper plate craft collection!
In Canada, we observe Remembrance Day on November 11th. Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day and Anzac Day, as it’s known in other countries, is a day to remember and give thanks to those who served and fought and gave their lives for our freedom.
The poppy has come to symbolize Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”, which tells of the blood-red poppies that grew in abundance in the battlefields and among the gravestones of the fallen soldiers.
The flower is easily recognized by its vibrant colour, frilled edges and black centre. Our paper plate poppies closely resemble the felt poppies that we pin to our lapels in the early days of November.
If you’re looking for a simple Remembrance Day craft to make with your kids, give our paper plate poppies a try. The process is fun, and the results are lovely.
To make our paper plate poppy craft, you’ll need:
- paper plate
- red and black paint
- wine cork (optional)
Today, instead of pouring our paint into paint pallets, I swirled several colours of red paint onto a paper plate so the hooligans could blend and mix their colours right on their plates.
It’s fun to paint this way sometimes. The kids can really what happens as the colours blend together, and it gives the craft definition, as the different shades produce highlights and shadows.
If you don’t have paper plates on hand, you can easily use thin cardboard, like the panel from a cereal box, to make your poppies.
While your children are painting their paper plates, you can talk to them about the meaning and the importance of Remembrance Day. I know that war is a difficult topic to discuss with children, but you can share the basics with them in a caring and honest way. Today’s Parent has an article that’s very helpful when teaching young children about Remembrance day.
When your child is happy with the look of their red plate, have them add a black centre to their poppy.
The black center can either be painted on with a paint brush, or stamped on with a wine cork dipped in black paint. The toddlers love stamping with corks, so I always keep a stash of them in the craft room just for this purpose.
Let your poppy dry for a bit. You can speed up the process with a blast from a hair dryer.
When the paint is dry to the touch, have your child make 4 V-shaped cuts into the rim of the paper plate to form the petals of the flower.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.