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The Red Poppy is a well-known and powerful symbol of Remembrance Day, 11th November, it is worn to commemorate the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and to show support to those still serving today and their loved ones. This year one of the most remarkable sights must be the ceramic poppies that surround the Tower of London, the art installation is called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ and is to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the first World War, its creator is ceramic artist Paul Cummins. The display consists of 888,246 poppies, each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war, all the poppies have been hand-made using techniques which potters would have used during the First World War. The poppies were put on sale by Paul Cummins Ceramics Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red CIC with the support of Historic Royal Palaces to raise money for six service charities and have now all completely sold out, every poppy being a piece of history.

If you have been inspired by the Tower of London Poppies why not have a go at your own Poppy Art and make a ‘hand’ printed Poppy painting, children love getting ‘hands on’ with paint, this will especially appeal to younger artists.

Poppy finger paint art picture

What you will need

  • Paper/card
  • Red/Black/Green washable paint
  • 3 Saucers
  • A thumb, finger and hand!

What you need to do

  1. Place each colour of paint into a separate saucer
  2. Dip your thumb into the red paint
  3. On your paper make four thumb prints in the shape of a circle, repeat to make as many poppies as you like.
  4. Dip the tip of your finger into the black paint and make a black finger print in the centre of your red thumb prints to create the black centre of the poppy flower
  5. Put the side of your hand into the green paint and place on the paper under the poppy for the stem, repeat for the leaves but move your hand slightly so that it is a bit thicker or you can of course use your finger or thumb.
  6. As well as making a picture to put on your wall, you could also make a birthday card (fold your card in half and paint on the right side of the sheet) or some bookmarks (cut your card into strips and decorate with a single poppy flower)

Get creative and have lots of fun

Gill

P.S. If you would like to grow your own Red Poppies click here for more information, Poppy Appeal packets of seeds are available to buy in shops, with a donation from each packet sold going to this worthy charity.

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Many children have been learning about the first and second World Wars at school, this Monday is Remembrance Day it is also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, it is a memorial day celebrated by all the commonwealth countries to honour and remember the brave civilians and members of the armed forces. November 11th was selected to commemorate the end of World War 1 in 1918, the war officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month it was at this time that the Germans signed the Armistice which ended it officially.

The Poppy is a significant part of this day because of the world famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’ written by Lt Colonel John McRae, it is a poem about his experience on the battlefields which were filled with bright red poppies and so it is now a symbol of Remembrance Day.

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1 next year, The Royal British Legion in partnership with B & Q has launched The Centenary Poppy Campaign to get people to sow millions of ‘Flanders’ Poppy Seeds in gardens throughout Britain, the seeds are available now and for each packet purchased a donation will be made to The Royal British Legion who is the UK’s leading Service charity providing care and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

How to grow your Poppies

When – Sow your Poppy Seeds from March to June or from September to October. They will flower in the summer months – June, July, August.

Where – Poppies like to grow outside, sow them in the garden in a sunny position where they are to flower or if you are short of space they can be grown in pots of compost.

How – Rake the soil until it is fine and crumbly, removing any lumps, stones or weeds. The seeds can either be scattered thinly or thinly sown in rows, lightly rake the soil to lightly cover the seeds, and water in.

Aftercare – As they begin to grow thin out the seedling so that the plants are 15-25cm apart, remove any weeds and water during dry weather.

Poppies are not only beautiful they are beneficial to Bees and Insects too.

Dave Moretta does one a day

Dave is the local guy with a big heart and a resolute character, he is running a marathon in memory of 18 of his colleagues he has served with and who lost their lives serving the country, he is running not just one marathon but eighteen in a row, daily. Have a look at his Facebook page by clicking here. He finishes on Remembrance Sunday. You will see why he is so motivated. He would be overjoyed if you were to donate a small contribution to his cause. Thank you.

Gill

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