Project Spotlight: Cross Weaving Mats


Honour the memory of our veterans’ sacrifices on Canada’s Remembrance Day, November 11, with the R16005 Cross Weaving Mats

Weaving mats help to encourage fine motor development through the act of passing the weaving strips under and over each of the successive slits cut into the colorful card crosses.

Make sure that the ends are taped off before you cut them. Once you have started on the next row, remember to start with the opposite direction. For instance, instead of starting your weaving over the slit, start under it and continue weaving over and under. This will vary up the appearance of the weaves and make it look like a checkered pattern.

Use about 4 strips per weaving strip.

The Cross Weaving Mats come in a range of different colors. Turn the card cross over to see another color on the flipside. As you weave, the colors of the weaving strips will also appear on the opposite side.

You can paste the Cross Weaving Mats up on a wallboard or attach the crosses together on a banner and hang up in the classroom as Remembrance Day decorations!


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Craft Spotlight: Remembrance Day Poppies

Image of Roylco Poppy Wreath


As November 11 is fast-approaching, we recognize the importance of remembering and the bravery of veteran heroes around the world on Remembrance Day. Show your classroom’s appreciation with a beautiful classroom wreath!

The R42005 Remembrance Day Wreath provides you with enough materials for every student to make at least 1 poppy. The kit features pre-cut red tissue paper poppies, and black centers that can be overlain to make the poppies. Tip: Use red marker to draw radiating lines out from the center of the tissue paper poppies. This will give the poppy a realistic appearance when assembled.

To further add dimension, soak the poppies with a light mist of water and drape over an upside-down cup to dry. The dried poppies will appear crinkled like real petals and take the shape of a flower.

Secure the tissue papers with the provided green chenille stem and attach die-cut green paper poppy leaves to complete the look. 

Combine all the poppies together to make this wreath a decorative tribute to those who have sacrificed so much. Talk about the deep history of Remembrance Day and research the significance of the poppy. You can read John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields” and encourage students to write their own poems on the significance of Remembrance Day. 

Watch the instructional video below to show you how to put together the wreath!

To construct the wreath, fold a card sheet in half and cut out a large half circle above the fold line. Cut out a smaller half circle from the fold line to make the center. Unfold the card sheet to reveal a circle with the center cut out.

Paste all the poppies around the wreath. You can make one large wreath or several smaller wreaths to decorate the classroom.


Show us your Remembrance Day spirit by sending us photos of your class wreaths to! We will feature the photos in one of our upcoming posts!