Zoe very kindly spent the morning with my children so I could go to work as we had some things that needed both of us to do. Between us we’d come up with a couple of crafts to do that would keep on the theme and inspire them, we hoped, to think about the day and what it meant.
First Zoe did these beautiful tissue poppies with them.
Gorgeous colours and a good opportunity for both thinking about giving the impression of something and the valuable lesson of ‘less is sometimes more’ 😉
We read (well, I say we, Zoe did it as I knew I would choke up, it felt very emotional for me that day 🙁 ) The Soldier by Rupert Brookes and we asked them to try and explain what they thought about it. They had some good stabs at it.
As at work, they also observed the 2 minutes silence.
Over the days before and after, we talked a lot about why the poppy is used, the effect on the country of that war and the myriad of other changes it brought, personally to the people who fought or lost loved ones and socially to the country. I was reminded again (as I was on Bonfire Night) that I must teach my younger ones things they were in the womb last time we did thoroughly 🙂