Tear Paper Art Veterans Day Craft


From Veterans Day to gathering together over a meal for Thanksgiving, the month of November is all about showing gratitude.  Today's activity is an easy way to introduce Veteran's Day to kids of all ages.  Prep this veterans day craft to help show our gratitude to men and women who have served in the different branches of our US military with tear paper art poppies.  

veterans day craft for preschool

Veterans Day Craft 

November 11th marks the anniversary of  Veteran's Day.  The day first honored those who fought in World War I, but has since been broadened to honor women and men that have served in any branch of the military since then.  

Veterans Day sneaks up on us as it sits between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I think it easily gets passed by and can seem like a heavy topic to talk about with young kids.  However, setting up a simple craft and a story can be a great way to share this holiday with kids of all ages. 

Have you taught you children about Veteran's Day?

Veterans Day Craft for Preschool

Admittedly, I've shyed away from doing anything with my kids on this holdiday.  However, having a grandfather, who served in WWI, I was doing a dis-service to my kids in NOT talking about it.  

With some construction paper, glue, and little hands ready to work, we made a simple veterans day craft for preschool and kids of all ages to partake in.  

We created a field of poppies.  

Red poppies were a common sight during WWI and have since become a national symbol of sacrifice, which is fitting for our living and passed veterans. 

Create a field of poppies to honor those that have served in the armed forces with this simple torn paper technique.  Each poppy will be as unique as the individuals who have fought for freedom.

So, we made a field of poppies with paper.

Tear Paper Art Veterans Day Craft 

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Grab a sheet of green, red, and black construction paper.

From the red piece of construction paper, rip an oval-like shape.  Try as you might to get a perfect circle, but this technique doesn't allow that! (Ask how I know!!)

Next, rip a small circle from black construction paper and glue it to the middle of your tear art red flower.

Finally, tear a stem from green construction paper.

Glue the flower onto a piece of white paper.

tear paper art for veterans day craft

Continue tearing the colored sheets of paper to make more poppies until you have created a "field of poppies."

** If you have more than one child, making this Remembrance Day Poppy Craft a collaborative effort may be best.  Or, make several and find a neighbor, family member, or a Veteran from church and gift this lovely craft to him/her as a way to say, "Thank You."

field of tear paper art poppies for veterans day craft

Our field of poppies was truly unique.

I loved that it was a simple way to introduce a very complicated and sad part of history to my children.  Bonus that it also was a way to sneak in fine motor skills, too!!  Creating tear paper art was  a great way to keep little hands busy all while honoring those who have fought for us.

THANK YOU, VETERANS.... past and present! 



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