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ANZAC Day activity ideas, discussions and biscuit recipe for young children

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poppy.ANZAC dayAnzac Day is marked on April 25thand commemorates Australians and New Zealanders who have died in conflict and honours returned servicemen and women.

Below are early childhood activity ideas, tips for teachers and parents, and an easy recipe for making yummy Anzac biscuits with children.

 April 25th  is the day that Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) soldiers landed in Gallipoli in 1915 as part of the First World War.

Although many New Zealanders and Australians lost their lives in Gallipoli, it is also felt that it was a defining moment in the building of each country's nationhood. 

Anzac Day was first marked in 1916 and ceremonies are now held at war memorials across both countries.

Parades are normally held at dawn and include prayers, hymns and a march-past by veterans and serving military personnel.

The Last Post, a bugle call to commemorate the dead, a minute or two minutes silence and wreath-laying are also important parts of the Anzac Day service.

Red poppies are worn on Anzac Day as a symbol to remember those who died.

Poppies were one of the first flowers to grow on the battlefields and cemeteries of France during the First World War

Cloth or paper poppies are sold by the Returned Services Associations to raise money for their work.

Anzac biscuits are another New Zealand and Australian tradition. These biscuits were popular with ANZAC troops sent abroad to fight during the two world wars because this type of biscuit could survive weeks at sea being transported and still be edible.

Below is a recipe that's easiest for children for making ANZAC biscuts

Also there is a list of a range diferent activities for learning and teaching about ANZAC, and links to resources.


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