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Remembrance Day Sensory Poppy Picture Activity

Updated: Nov 3

I love this multisensory 3D picture of Remembrance Poppies that I made with a class of teenagers with special educational needs.


We started our activity by looking at a real poppy and watching footage of poppy fields then gathered our craft materials.

We Used

  • A sheet of paper or card

  • Material scraps/sandpaper/foil/tissue paper/glitter

  • Bubble wrap/packing peanuts/shredded cardboard matting/straw

  • Selection of paintbrushes/rollers/sponges/nail brush/toothbrush

  • PVA glue or glue stick

  • Buttons/flower heads/sequins

  • Perfume


Designing the Background

Students used a variety of backgrounds to make the greenery of the poppy fields, hay and straw, bubble wrap and shredded cardboard matting were popular choices.

We explored primary and secondary colours by mixing yellow and blue paint together to make green paint.


We practiced our hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills exploring a variety of tools to paint the backgrounds. We dabbed with sponges, rolled with rollers, and painted using a variety of different brushes including nail brushes and even an old toothbrush!


The Poppy Petals

I had provided pre-cut petal shaped cardboard templates for students to decorate using a variety of tactile materials from our material scraps bag including sandpaper, velvet, denim, cotton, felt, fleece, cotton wool, aluminum foil, tissue paper, lace, sawdust shavings and of course the obligatory glitter!


The Poppy Centre

The centre of the poppies were decorated using buttons, sequins, cellophane sweet wrappers and real flower heads.


The poppy pictures were then misted with spray of perfume!


At the end of the activity we proudly displayed our designs on the wall.


We listened to a recording off The Last Post as each student was presented with their own poppy to wear with pride!



‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.’


‘For the Fallen’

Robert Laurence Binyon

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