ANZAC Day, Saturday 25 April, is an important date in Australia’s history. Ordinarily many of us would attend a dawn service, to pay our respects to those who stood for the freedoms of Australia and its people, however this year will be different.
There are still many ways we can commemorate the day and pay our respects, as well as explore concepts relating to ANZAC Day with children.
Explaining ANZAC Day to children
The key to discussing ANZAC Day with children is to focus on the broad themes of pride and commemoration, while keeping it simple.
For example, we can talk about caring for one another and the world. We can discuss that we are lucky to be Australian because we have freedom and safety. Talk about being proud of one another when they do something brave or help others. Explore culture and identity and ways we can commemorate.
Marking ANZAC Day in isolation
While attending the traditional Dawn Service for ANZAC Day is not possible, there are many other ways to mark ANZAC Day in 2020. Here are just a few:
Light Up the Dawn
Many Australians are planning on standing at the end of their driveways at 6am on ANZAC Day. The idea is to look out at the freedoms we get to enjoy.
Bake Traditional Anzac Biscuits
ANZAC biscuits have long been associated with ANZAC Day. Families sent these biscuits to those on the frontline using ingredients that do not easily spoil. Try making these delicious, chewy biscuits at home with children with this tasty recipe.
Poppies are commonly used on remembrance wreaths around ANZAC Day. There are many poppy crafts you can incorporate into your ANZAC commemoration and discussion. Try this recycled poppy craft or make paper plate poppies.
The history of our country is an important part of a child’s education. ANZAC Day presents the opportunity to encourage children to be grateful for all the freedoms and fun we can have in Australia. A simple walk and appreciating the beautiful place we are lucky enough to be a part of is a great ANZAC Day activity that we can all enjoy.