Try these lovely activities with your children at home to open up the discussion about what ANZAC day means.
Why do we wear poppies for ANZAC day?
“The Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day, the ritual that marks the Armistice of 11 November 1918, and is also increasingly being used as part of Anzac Day observances. During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. The sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem In Flanders fields (see The recitation). In English literature of the nineteenth century, poppies had symbolised sleep or a state of oblivion; in the literature of the First World War a new, more powerful symbolism was attached to the poppy – the sacrifice of shed blood.” Abstract taken from https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/customs-and-ceremony/poppies
To make your poppies you need:
- Lolly sticks
- Drawn or printed poppies and leaves
- Glue your flowers and leaves onto the top of the lolly sticks and pop in your garden.
Why do we make ANZAC biscuits?
There are a few different versions of events surrounding the ANZAC biscuit, but on the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee website, they explain how the biscuits were made by the Country Womans Association and sent to the front lines as a staple food for the troops, you can read more here https://anzacday.org.au/ww1-ANZAC-biscuits
Here is the recipe from their website
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 (three-quarters) cup coconut
- 125g (4 oz) butter
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- ½ (half) teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tablespoon boiling water
How to make them
- Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut.
- Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted.
- Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients.
- Take teaspoonfuls of mixture and place on lightly greased oven trays; allow room for spreading.
- Cook in slow oven (150°C or 300°F) for 20 minutes.
- Loosen while still warm, then cool on trays.
Makes about 35.
Picture supplied by the Australia Woman’s Weekly Food.