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Sew a poppy wreath

Mark Remembrance as a group by crafting your own felt poppy wreath.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Red felt
  • Green felt
  • Needles
  • Black thread
  • Black buttons

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here
  • Decide whether you’ll use chairs and tables. If you will, set them out so there’s enough room for everyone to sit socially distanced.
  • Next to each chair (or spot on the floor), put a poppy, a poppy-sized piece of red felt, a small rectangle of green felt, a pair of scissors, a pen, a black button, and a needle and thread.
  • Make the wreath – we’ve included some instructions below. You’ll probably want to do this in advance so you can focus on helping everyone (from a distance) during the session.
  • This activity could also be completed online. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • If you’re completing this online, ask everyone to bring everything they’ll need with them to the video call.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include: 

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to the leaders.
  • Make sure there is enough equipment for everyone to have their own.
  • Clean equipment before and after use.

 

Run the activity

  1. Everyone should sit at one of the spaces at the table or on the floor. The person leading the activity should explain that they’ve set these spaces out so everyone stays a safe distance apart.
  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 people can’t go on parades this year because of coronavirus – but this doesn’t mean people can’t mark Remembrance. Making a wreath of felt poppies is just one other way to take part in Remembrance.
  2. Everyone should draw around their poppy’s flower onto their red felt and cut it out, then draw around the leaf onto the green felt and cut it out.
  3. Everyone should put their leaf under their poppy so they overlap in the very middle. They should put a black button on top of their poppy, in the middle.
  4. The person leading the activity should show everyone how to sew their button onto the middle of the poppy so it holds all of the layers together. Everyone should copy them.
  5. The person leading the activity should show everyone the wreath. People should take it in turns to take their poppy to the person leading the activity so they can add it to the border of the wreath.
  1. Everyone should spend some time chatting as a group about what they symbolise and why lots of people wear them around Remembrance.

Reflection

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?

Safety

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

Sharp objects

Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

All activities must be safely managed. 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.