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Poppy Craft for Memorial Day

Remember, honor, and celebrate Memorial Day with this fine motor poppy craft that you can use as a bulletin board display.

poppy craft - a fine motor craft for Memorial Day that you can use as a bulletin board display

It’s no secret that I am an Air Force Sister and Daughter. My dad and brother served in the AF, so when the additional opportunity (I say additional because our troops should be celebrated and praised EVERY day) comes for us to give our thanks and remember, I go all out.

When my brother went through Basic, I had my students create cards and write letters for me to send to him. I have always taught 2- or 3-week units about our past, present, and future soldiers on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.

These days are so much more important than an extra weekend day or a BBQ, and it’s important to me that I share this with my students. So much so that we started our remembrance celebrations this week.


I saw this pin on Pinterest and decided that this was how we would start off our unit. First, let me show you what we made, and then I’ll show you how!

poppy craft - completed poppy craft

Isn’t it just the most adorable poppy craft you’ve ever seen? And it’s super simple! All you need to make these adorable poppies is paper plates, black construction paper, and red paint. It’s the simplest craftivity, so let me know you how:

poppy craft - start with a paper plate

Obviously, you start with a paper plate.

poppy craft - draw four triangles on it

Then (and it’s hard to see the pencil lines), you draw lines on the paper plate to create the petals.

poppy craft - cut out the four triangles

Once your student cuts on the lines, it will look something like this. It’s okay if it’s a little off-sided (unless you have OCD like me… but I keep telling myself it’s okay!).

poppy craft - each student gets a cut of black construction paper

I cut random sized rectangles of black construction paper out for my students ahead of time.

poppy craft - which is a great fine motor task, ripping the black paper into pieces

Have your students rip the black construction paper into pieces. It doesn’t matter how big or small the pieces are.

poppy craft - give each student a little bit of red paint

Time to paint!

poppy craft - let the students paint the paper plates

Have your friends paint the entire plate red.

poppy craft - then glue the ripped up black paper onto the center

I used our special glitter glue to put some glue in the center of each plate. Students then add their ripped up black construction paper pieces.

poppy craft - completed poppy craft

Once it dries, you end up with this 🙂 I used them to create a mini bulletin display outside of our classroom, that way the entire school can enjoy what we made for Memorial Day.

Remember, honor, and celebrate Memorial Day with this set of leveled, adapted readers. Learn all about what Memorial Day is, why we celebrate it, and the history of the holiday.

To further our Memorial Day learning and discussion, we used these leveled, adapted readers.

 

How do you celebrate and honor our military on Memorial Day? Tell us in the comments below!

 

poppy craft - a fine motor craft for  Memorial Day that you can use  as a bulletin board display


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