There are many children’s books about Anzac Day. I checked several out from the library as I do every year, but ultimately returned them and only used one. Even though they are children’s books some of them are pretty intense since the subject matter is so intense. I have to tread carefully with Jitterbug right now, he has been asking many questions about death and dying, and talking about war too in depth could easily be too much for him right now.
Only a Donkey is a great children’s book about Simpson and his donkey, Anzac war heroes who saved hundreds of men. In the story, a donkey is ridiculed by a group of animals. He leads them to a statue of Simpson and his donkey and tells them their story. The animals then see the donkey in a different light, they are nicer to him and to each other.
We used the Anzac Day Unit for Young Learners from Our Worldwide Classroom. It was perfect for us this year. They did each one of these cut and paste activities (so they each did three) during the week leading up to Anzac Day. The file contains links to more information on each of these, as they did the activity I read to them from the links. Ladybug (3).
We read this little booklet every day.
Just the right amount of information for little ones.
Ladybug did this magnet page, she loves these.
Colouring pages, these are Jitterbug’s.
And a good opportunity to learn about our flag and national anthem. I found this cut and paste activity here, this is Ladybug’s.
Skeeterbug did the copywork from this Australia Day Mini Unit from Our Worldwide Classroom.
Jitterbug saw the flag at the bottom and wanted to colour his own…
And we watched this video every day and in days since to get familiar with the song. I want them to at least be familiar with it and eventually have it memorised.
I wanted a simple printable of Advance Australia Fair that had both verses, I couldn’t easily find one so quickly made this one. You can download a copy here.
We made poppies from tissue paper.
And of course we couldn’t do without making some Anzac biscuits…this lot looks rather nice but the second was rather crumbly! They were all gone the same day. 😉
I had fully intended to make it to an Anzac Day ceremony this year, we have yet to attend one since moving here. There is a traditional dawn service (I think it starts at 6:30 am) and another at around 11:00. I thought it would be a nice way to see some of what we’d been learning about, and I’m sure they’d love seeing the soldiers. But, the dawn service was too early for us, and a trip to the lake won out in the end. Ladybug and I stayed home and made the Anzac biscuits. Maybe we’ll make it to a ceremony next year.