The kiddos and I made this paper plate poppy wreath to commemorate Remembrance Day this year*. They're obv too young for the symbolism to make an impact, but after reading about how Montessorian theory recommends non-fiction books I did take a book about WW2 out of the library to give the children a frame of reference. I doubt they made the link between the poppies and the soldiers, even during our conversations, but it was the first time we've approached non-fiction (that wasn't dinosaur related) and it was a learning experience for us all.
While the kiddos got on with sticking down their tissue paper circles onto the rim of a paper plate I stitched up this quick felt poppy to wear on my coat*.
Even if the kiddos don't understand the relevance of the activity and are too young to discuss death and war I think the poppies look lovely hanging on our door!
*p.s. I did make a donation to the British Legion Poppy Appeal and the kiddos emptied all their change into a collection tin, but the paper poppies and sharp pins are not the best idea with small kiddos around. This way I have supported the charity, but also engaged the children's interest and made something that will last