Thursday, November 10, 2016

Six for Saturday or Sunday: Remembrance Day Family Activities

We're sharing our Six for Saturday post a little bit early this week, ahead of Armistice/Remembrance Day tomorrow, and a little different than our usual crafty round ups.  Here are six fun family-friendly ideas for learning and sharing this Remembrance Day and/or the follow-on weekend:

  • Turn on the tunes. With digital libraries and live streaming, it's easier than ever to access music from any genre or time these days, so line up a play list of wartime favorites and enjoy.
  • Watch a wartime movie.  There are some really well done films (and mini-series - cue the binge!) that offer historical value, not just pure entertainment. Have a favourite to recommend?  Share it in the comments!  Not in a movie mood?  There are plenty of great books out there, too.
  • Explore your family history.  Do you know what your ancestors did during the wars, whether deployed or on the home front?  Do your children know?  Explore your family history, the family tree, and talk to relatives or dig into online archives for interesting details. 
  • Protect/restore old family photos and letters.  If your lucky enough to have a few wartime photos, letters, or other memorabilia, look into safe storage and consider having them digitised for back-up and (if needed) restoration.  This is on my to personal to-do list for the not too distant future to help my husband's grandmother protect, restore, and share her late husband's WWII photos and mementos.
  • Experiment with rationing. What were the ration rules in your part of the world?  Try  a ration recipe.   
  • Plant a Victory Garden. Depending on where you live in the world (sorry, northern friends) this might also be a good time to sow your own little Victory Garden.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't encourage the traditional activity of attending your local Remembrance Day ceremonies, if time and location allow. You might also like to visit your local war memorial, military cemetery (or the veteran's section of your local cemetery, if it has one), or museum.

Just want to craft?  No worries!  Check out our awesome Six for Saturday poppy-themed DIY round-up from ANZAC Day (pictured below) for some great DIY ideas.  Looking for more Remembrance Day crafting inspiration? We have poppy craft tutorials in our DIY archives along with other memorial/remembrance themed craft ideas. We are also pinning ideas to our We Will Remember board on Pinterest

Looking for more creative ideas? You can try the past Six for Saturday (or Sunday) posts, searching the blog under the DIY type of your preference, or I also have a whole board full of of tutorials and DIY on Pinterest along with stack of other creative pins. If you decide to make something fabulous or post something special this weekend, you are welcome to share here in the comments or post something over at Creativity Unmasked on Facebook. We are all about sharing so, on our page, a little bit of self shout-out is actively encouraged.  If you have a related craft post of your own to share, you are also welcome to share a live link to your site/blog in the comments using the following format as a guide: <a href="">text you want shown for your link</a>

P.S. Check out the pawesome post at Dalmatian DIY on Remembrance Dogs.  If you or your family are animal lovers, this is another fun learning and sharing area that you can explore.  The (lighter) stories of animal mascots and hero antics can be a child-friendly wartime topic as well, especially the photo archives and positive anecdotes.  Do take care of course - as with all war stores, not animal tales all have happy endings.

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