Anzac day is a huge deal in Australia, though sometimes people aren’t sure exactly how to include their kids or explain to them what it all means.
Anzac day is a huge deal in Australia, though sometimes people aren’t sure exactly how to include their kids or explain to them what it all means. It is important that you talk to your children about war and what it means, and there is no better time than on Anzac day, so make the most of this sombre celebration and include your child in your Anzac day plans. The following are some great ideas for ways to spend Anzac day with your kids.
The Dawn Service
Every year right across Australia, dawn services are held on April 25th to honour Australian and New Zealand men and women who have died in war. These services are obviously very early in the morning, and are quite sombre and emotional occasions, though every Australian should go to one of these at least once, as it is a great way to reflect on the cost of war. No matter how young your child is, when you feel that they are ready, take them to the dawn service for a real authentic Anzac day experience. It is a bonding occasion neither of you will forget.
Bake Anzac Cookies
If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Anzac day with your young children that doesn’t involve leaving the house, baking Anzac cookies is a great way to commemorate the day. As you are going through the process of making the cookies together, you will have a great opportunity to talk to your children about what Anzac day means and maybe even have a greater discussion about modern war. Anzac day has probably been part of the lesson plans of every class at your kid’s school this week, so they will probably have been thinking a little bit about it.
Go To the Parade
Each year all of Australia’s major cities and towns hold Anzac parades where veterans and their friends and families march through the streets across Australia. The number of veterans has dwindled over the years as they have slowly died off, though parades these days often involve grandkids of veterans marching in their place. This is another very emotional Anzac day commemoration, though a great one to take your child to and have a chance to talk to them about war and what it means.
If they haven’t already seen it, sit down with your family and watch the Australian war movie classic, ‘Gallipoli’, as when it comes to learning about war, it is one of the best educational resources around. This epic movie does a fantastic job setting the scene, and telling the story of what is one of Australia’s most famous pieces of war history. After you have watched it, have a discussion with your family about what they thought and what it all means to them.
With a number of major conflicts currently raging around the world, it is more important than ever that children grow up with ideas about war that don’t come from computer games. Make sure your child understands what war is all about, by using this Anzac day as a reason to talk to them about some of the less happy parts of Australian history.