Anzac Day falls on the 25th of April every year and marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. In 1916, the first Anzac Day commemorations were held on 25 April and this day continues to be a day of national remembrance nationally.
You and your child can spend some quality time together with the following suggested activities to commemorate, learn and appreciate this special day.
1. Bake Anzac biscuits
Instead of running to the store to buy a packet of Anzac biscuits, how about baking some of these yummy golden biscuits with your child? We have an awesome gluten-free recipe here.
2. Anzac Day colouring in pages
After the Dawn service, your child can be kept occupied with these Anzac Day colouring in pages. This is a great activity to broaden their learning about this special occasion.
3. Anzac biscuit mix in a jar
We love this idea as a gift. You can get inexpensive mason-type jars in the budget retail stores and tie the gift tag + baking instructions with a pretty ribbon.
4. Make a red poppy flower
You and your child will have fun making paper poppy flowers using basic materials such as red and black coloured paper, and green pipe cleaner.
5. Plant a rosemary bush
Traditionally sprigs of rosemary are worn on Anzac Day. Rosemary has particular significance for Australians as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula. Head to your local nursery and pick up a young rosemary plant for your garden.
6. Play a game of Two-up
This fun child-friendly version of the Two-up game will keep your children occupied for the afternoon. It uses materials which you can find around the house.
7. Read an Anzac Day book
Anzac Ted is an unforgettable story of a teddy bear who went to war and returned an unsung hero. Written and illustrated by Belinda Landsberry, it is a beautiful story to share with your child.
8. Finger painting poppy flowers
This fun project is perfect for toddlers. Put on an art smock and let them paint their own poppy flower pictures.
9. Torn poppy craft
Another simple activity for toddlers to do on Anzac Day and a great way to use up all the paper scraps!
10. Go to an Anzac Day march
Check your local RSL website for details on an Anzac Day march in your area. This is a wonderful way to teach your child about this history behind Anzac Day and what it signifies for all Australians.