Ideas to Commemorate Anzac Day with Kids
It’s Anzac Day coming up and this is a really important day in New Zealand. The date is the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers (known as the ANZACs) on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915 during the First World War. We have acknowledged the landings at Gallipoli ever since that day - and Anzac Day has been a public holiday since 1921 to show our appreciation for the sacrifice of all those who have died in war, and the huge contribution of all those who have served for the country in order to keep us safe.
Talking to kids about war and death is never easy but I believe it is part of our history and something that our children (and their children) should know about. Here are some different ideas of things to do with kids on Anzac day to help them learn about this day.
* Do some special Anzac day baking – check out my Sugar-Free & Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits (a healthier version of the very traditional cookies!)
*Read some Anzac books (personal favourites are The Anzac Puppy, Anzac Biscuits and The Bantam and the Soldier)
* Pull out photos of relatives or family members that served in the war or you may have some old letters or stories
*Make a red poppy or do some drawings of red poppies
* Plant some Rosemary - this scented herb is inextricably linked to the Anzacs as it was found growing in abundance on the Galipoli peninsula.
*Write a letter or poem to a sholider
* Attend an Anzac day dawn service (some cities will also do mid-day services)
*Have a family meal – connect to those around you, maybe friends or family that you have not seen in a while – this after all is where it is at:). You could also read the fourth verse of Laurence Binyon's For the Fallen before eating:
'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.'
Love to hear if you have any special family ways that you acknowledge Anzac Day,
xxx Dr Julie Bhosale