Use this printable poppy template when commemorating Memorial Day and Veterans Day with your students.
Remember the Fallen with a Memorial Day Red Poppy Craft Activity
Poppies have been associated with Memorial Day for decades thanks to the American Legion, which worked with Congress to have the Friday prior to Memorial Day declared National Poppy Day. Because poppies flourished in Europe after the end of World War I, these flowers serve as tributes to soldiers who have fought and died for our country.
The red poppy is the national emblem of remembrance. We wear the red poppy in memory of our soldiers who laid down their lives in battle. It is also a symbol of respect and camaraderie between the soldiers of all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
This simple, yet beautiful classroom craft activity has students coloring, cutting, and assembling a poppy of their very own. Have your students work as a group to make enough poppies to form a Memorial Day or Veterans’ Day wreath.
- Colour the petal sections red.
- Cut out each of the pieces of the poppy.
- Attach the sections together at the center using a brad or paper fastener to secure the pieces together.
✂️ Give Them the (Safety) Scissors
This template makes for a bonus cutting skills activity, depending on your students’ ages and abilities.
With adult supervision, cutting skills help students work multiple muscle groups and their brains, plus:
- Strengthen finger and hand muscles
- Build dexterity and fine motor skills
- Improve hand-eye coordination
- Develop focus and attention
And all of these skills are necessary to use a pencil and a fork; button a shirt and tie shoes; write, type and swipe.
Scissor skills are brain and muscle skills!
Download & Print — It’s Child’s Play!
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