This simple poppy craft is great for toddlers and young children. It uses only cake cases and pipe cleaners, and is a perfect way to open up a conversation about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies.
It’s important to me that Ev and Harmie grow up with an understanding of the importance of Remembrance Day. This is a tricky subject to broach with young children, so we’ve been looking for ways to convey the message at an approachable level. We found ‘Poppies’ shown by CBeebies to be simple yet powerful; I’d highly recommend having a look at it if you haven’t already seen it. ‘Poppy crafts’ have also enabled us to start a conversation and explore the topic.
Ev has his own poppy this year. He noticed that we were all wearing them and asked husband Granny to buy one for him too. Aside from the fact that this made my heart want to pop, it also meant he was really keen to make his own, bigger, poppy to decorate the playroom.
For this simple poppy craft you need:
Two red cupcake cases, one green pipe cleaner, scissors, and a black felt tip pen (to make one poppy).
Before you get started: be sure to check out my 8 Principles of Play!
Make your poppy
- Cut the edges of the cupcake cases to form the shape of one larger and one smaller flower.
- Colour a black circle in the middle of the smaller flower and leave to dry.
- One dry, thread the pipe cleaner through the centre of the larger flower, then the smaller, before threading back through and securing at the back by wrapping the end of the pipe cleaner around the ‘stem’. Take care as the end of the pipe cleaner will be sharp!
- If you like, colour the visible section of the pipe cleaner black to blend with the centre of your poppy.
There you have it – super simple poppy craft for toddlers and young children!