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Remembrance Day painted stones

DIY Remembrance Day painted stones

Remembrance Day is a really important festival in the UK and around the world. It’s a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War, with the aim to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

This Sunday we will be attending the annual Remembrance Day Memorial Service for Scouts, as both our children are Beaver Scouts. This will be our third year attending and it’s a beautiful service. We’ve tried a few crafts around the theme of Remembrance and this year we made a variety of Remembrance Day painted stones to leave near our local war memorial.

Remembrance Day painted stones

To make our painted stones we used

Chalkola Pens in red and black
Smooth stones
Pinty Plus Gloss Varnish

Remembrance Day painted stones equipment

Poppies have such a simple shape which means kids can draw these straight onto the stones. I drew the outline of the petals first then filled in with the red chalk pen. I left the stones to dry for 5 minutes before adding the outline and stamen in black chalk pen. I decided to add some words such as Remember, 1914-1919, and lest we forget – just to make it obvious that these were special painted stones.

It’s a simple craft activity but a great way to talk to your children about Remembrance Day and why it’s important.

Remembrance Day painted stones tutorial

I think we’re going to leave these by our local War Memorial for others to find, or perhaps we’ll take a few to the Memorial Chapel in the woods on Sunday.

You may be interested in our other Remembrance Day crafts for kids:

Paper plate poppy craft for kids

Remembrance Day paper poppy craft 

Finger print poppy activity


  • Reply
    Rebecca | AAUBlog
    November 9, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    This is a great activity to do with kids. I have often wondered about how to talk to my children about why we wear poppies, especially as they’re quite young, so this is a good way to get the conversation going 🙂

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    November 10, 2017 at 8:08 am

    What a cute idea 🙂 I’ve seen painted stones pop up in our local park!

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    Anne Ohnamusss
    October 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    1914 – 1918. Your article says 14 – 19.

    • Reply
      October 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Different people use different dates for the First World War. Some people think it ended when the Armistice was agreed (11th November 1918), when the Peace Treaty of Versailles was signed (28th June 1919) or when Parliament officially declared the war ended (31st August 1921). I prefer to use 1914-1919.

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