Not all years are the same but we do have a few themes we try to do together regardless of what else is happening.
We nearly always attend the Anzac Day march in honour of the fallen who have given their life for the ideals they held dear.
'Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' John 15:13
I cannot think why anyone would not want to commemorate these brave soldiers and others who have gone to their death to defend the defenseless and protect us from evil.
Traditionally we make Anzac Cookies- really was there any doubt 😏 We have two recipes- this is our trusted and true long time recipe
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup plain four
3/4 cup of sugar
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp of Bicarb Soda (Baking Soda for non Aussies)
2 Tablespoons of boiling water
1. Mix oats, sugar, coconut and flour together
2. Melt syrup and butter together
3. Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup
4. Add to dry ingredients
5. Place tablespoon of mixture on greased baking tray
6. Bake in slow oven 150-160 degrees C for 15 to 20 mins
This is a THM recipe 😊
We also make damper preferably in the camp oven if there is not fire ban.
The children have often dressed up in their favourite military outfit and played games of tactics and spying for hours.
Naturally we have crossword puzzles, word search and colouring pages to do while I read bits and pieces of information for them to learn.
We will probably also draw poppies using Art for Kids- which we love for the younger ones and perhaps from a real poppy for the older ones.
We hope also make a felt poppy for decorating the table
Copy work will also be done and this is a lovely piece to print out and have on the wall to memorise as well.
The Poppy – Andrew Plant
The Story of the First World War for Children -John Malam
Lest we Forget – Kerry BrownDigger - Mike Dumbleton
We also like to watch a movie or two-
We tend to be a little 'liberal' in our translation of what can be termed an Anzac movie (essentially a war movie as there really aren't any specific to Anzac Day) so for us we have-
Five Children and it
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Sound of Music
A Little Princess
Bednobs and Broomsticks
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
The Railway Children
Battle of Britain
For older viewers- (definitely parental review)
Here is a list of Australian war movies ( I have not previewed any yet but simply sharing)
I have lots of other preparations in my notes for the school year but thought this would be a good thought provoking post for anyone interested in celebrating ANZAC Day.
To finish off here is the -Ode and Last Post - We will remember them
Blessings to you and your homes,