Remembrance Day Art Activities
Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, honors those who lost their lives during the First World War. It is celebrated worldwide on Nov. 11, the same day as Veterans Day in the United States, and over the years has turned into a day to honor all servicemen and servicewomen who have died in battle. During World War I, when the fighting was over in the battlefields of France and Belgium, red poppies began to grow. These bright flowers can inspire several art activities in honor of Remembrance Day.
Red Poppy Recycled Paper
Shred scraps of red, pink and white paper into small strips and place them in a bucket full of warm water. Squish the paper strips into smaller and smaller bits, creating a paper pulp. Add more red, pink or white paper to change the color until it reaches the hue you desire. Place an old window screen into the pulp and pull it out. Press the paper pulp onto the screen, releasing as much water as possible. Sprinkle the paper with red poppy seeds and then let it dry overnight. Once paper is dry, it will peel away easily from the screen. Use a paper cutter or large scissors to cut the recycled poppy paper into small pieces and take it home. Plant recycled poppy paper in a garden and watch it grow, or use it for a special card to send on Remembrance Day.
Red Poppy Remembrance Wreath
A wreath is a common symbol of remembrance, and creating one of red poppies is appropriate for Remembrance Day. Use a paper plate as the basic shape for the wreath. Cut out the center of the paper plate and then cut several unused sponges into a circle of different sizes. Mix together red and orange tempera paints to create different shades of red. Press the sponge circles into the paint, and then press them onto the paper plate. Let circles of different shades overlap. Allow the plate to dry.
When the plate has dried, use black, white, and yellow paint, along with small brushes, to finish the poppies. The insides of red poppies have lots of small black, white and yellow dots. Use small brushes to add dots to the center of the sponge circles. Display red poppy wreaths along with a message about remembering someone special.
Cut red tissue paper into 4-inch squares. Punch a hole in the middle of the squares and layer together a couple of squares. Gently crease the outside edges of the tissue paper to make them look like delicate flower petals. Take a long green pipe cleaner and put it through hole in the center of the tissue. Glue a black or white cotton ball to the end of the pipe cleaner in the center of the tissue paper. Gently pull and gather the tissue papers together at the base of the tissue paper poppy and secure them with by twisting the green piper cleaner stem around the tissue paper. Make a bouquet of tissue paper red poppies to display in a vase.
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