In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915. A poem to honor Veterans on Veteran’s Day.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
“It is thought that Major and military doctor John McCrae (30 November 1872 — 28 January 1918) began the draft for his famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ on the evening of the 2 May, 1915 in the second week of fighting during the Second Battle of Ypres.
It is believed that the death of his friend, Alexis Helmer, was the inspiration for McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.” (1)
This poem is why you see poppies on Veteran’s Day. These beautiful flowers have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have lost their lives during war time.
Sensory Motor Poppy Crafts for Veteran’s Day
You will need red cupcake liners, black buttons, green straws and glue. Glue options vary depending upon the ability of the child. This is a simple and wonderful craft idea that can work on fine motor development.
You will need red, black, green, and yellow paint, white paper, 2 paintbrushes and thumbs. Oh, and the pointer finger too!
Have your child dip their thumb into the red paint to make the petals. Dip their pointer finger in the black to make the middle. Pull out the paintbrushes and add a dab of yellow to the center and then long strokes of green for the stems. Fun sensory and fine motor activity!
For this activity, you will need plastic bottles, red and black sharpies, tea lights and scissors.
Cut the bottom of the plastic bottle off – well, and adult can get it started and then let the little hands finish it up to garner scissor skills. Use the red sharpie to color the petals and black for the middle for fine motor. Then a touch of science – the melting begins!
Handprint Poppy Flower by House of Baby Piranha
For this craft, you will need paper or thin cardstock, red paint, black sequins, glue, scissors and baby wipes – to minimize the mess.
Have your child paint their hand red and press onto the paper. Glue black sequins to the center. After dry, cut into the shape of a poppy flower. Great for tactile sensory input, fine motor and scissor skill development!
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Children’s Books about Veteran’s Day
Bringing literacy to life is an integrated method that is very beneficial in building comprehension, as well as a deeper love of literature. Expanding on reading also helps to provide content-based focus on some of the skills and input our sensational kids need. From the fine motor skill of creating poppies to the proprioceptive input of walking in Daddy’s boots to the social skills of a visit to a veteran. Explore these exceptional books about Veteran’s Day and put your creative spin on each. We would love to see what your imagination stirs up – please share with us on Facebook!!
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Dress Up Play for Veteran’s Day
Encourage children to dress up and use their imaginations. When they are using their imaginations, they are building academic and social emotional skills. Role playing encourages children to take turns, cooperate and socialize with one another. By fostering a child’s imagination, you are instilling within them the skills of problem solving. Creative thinking expands each time it is practiced.
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(1) “Inspiration for the Poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.” The Great War. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2016.