As the 25th of April, ANZAC Day, is getting closer you may be preparing class activities to commemorate all the men and women, past and present, who have been involved in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world.
With the help from some lovely teachers I have created a list of activities to help you teach your children the importance of learning about war and why we have ANZAC Day.
The activity that would always make the top of my list is making ANZAC biscuits! ANZAC biscuits were originally made and sent overseas for the soldiers' rations. Food that was sent had to remain edible for months and therefore couldn’t contain any ingredient that would easily spoil, that is why the ANZAC biscuit was invented! The ingredients used were: rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water. Here is a great recipe you could try with your children this ANZAC Day! http://bit.ly/1hLUv4M
Did you know that Simpson and his donkey are on the 50th anniversary Anzac Medallion that was given to surviving veterans or to their family? Tell your class the courageous story of Simpson and his donkey. And then colour them in! http://bit.ly/1ShKQxD
The Red Poppy is worn as a symbol of remembrance for the soldiers who have died in wartimes. Through my research I found this interesting story about why the poppy has become such a significant emblem of ANZAC Day. During the First World War, red poppies were one of the only plants to grow in the devastated and barren battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldier folktales, the intense red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. Make these easy paper poppy flowers with your little soldiers! http://bit.ly/1Yi5vGE
ANZAC Day is a very important day to spend time with grandparents. It’s a great opportunity for grandchildren to bond with their grandparents and to learn about their families past, which makes them feel happy. A great class activity is to listen to people’s stories to get your children thinking of what it would be like to be at ANZAC Cove. What might you see when you arrive? What sounds might you hear at ANZAC Cove? How might you feel arriving at ANZAC Cove? This video has been created with the voices of WW1 veterans telling us their stories and experiences at Gallipoli.
Get your children to write a letter as if they would be sending it to a First World War soldier in Gallipoli. These soldiers were putting their lives on the line for us and many didn’t hear from anyone at home for a very long time. Things to include in the letter: (a great English assessment)
- The understandings they have gained from studying Australia’s involvement at Gallipoli.
- Let the soldiers know how much they are appreciated for the sacrifices that they have made.
Want more in depth activities and learning? The ANZAC Day – Honouring our heritage book consists of 9 focuses pertaining to ANZAC Day and Australia and New Zealand’s role in conflict or peacekeeping situations.
How will you be commemorating the ANZAC’s this year? We’d love to hear your ideas too!
Written by Angelique Cocco