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A pebble to remember

Paint a poppy on your pebble, then add it to a group picture, as a way to remember the people who have served and sacrificed.

You will need

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Access to water
  • Pens or pencils
  • Stones or pebbles
  • Paint pots
  • Tables (optional)
  • Chairs (optional)
  • Thick card

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples, can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Decide whether you’ll use chairs and tables. 
  • Put out a pebble per person, pencil, some paint, paintbrushes, and a pot of water to clean the brushes on each table or in each area.
  • Draw a landscape or a message of remembrance on the piece of card. This will become the centre of the group’s final creation. You can paint it yourself or leave it for someone to do during the meeting.

Time to paint

  1. Everyone should sit at one of the spaces at the table or on the floor. 
  2. Everyone should chat about Remembrance. Talk about why it happens, what it means and how people usually mark the occasion.
  1. The person leading the activity should explain that making a pebble to remember is just one other way to remember everyone who died in war.
  2. Everyone should draw the outline of a poppy on their pebble.
  1. Once they’re happy with their outline, everyone should get stuck in with paints.
  2. When everyone is finished, place the pebbles somewhere out of the way to dry, such as on a windowsill or table.
  3. While the pebbles are drying, everyone could read a poem, such as In Flanders Fields by John McCrae or A Scout in Flanders by H.E., and talk about what it means.
  4. When the pebbles are dry, everyone should pick up their pebble and take it in turns to place it around the picture or phrase on the card. 
  1. Everyone should decide how on you should display your group\s creation. You could leave it somewhere people can see, take a picture to display or rebuild it somewhere else.


This activity gave everyone the chance to think a bit more about the poppy. Do people usually see lots of poppies around in November?

Did anyone already know what they meant and what they symbolised? Do people think it’s helpful to have a shared symbol like a poppy for important things like Remembrance?

In this activity, everyone thought about Remembrance and how it links to their lives. What did people find out about Remembrance? How did it make them feel? How are people going to take part in Remembrance this year?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.