A Peace Craft and Poem for Any Time of Year
Today I am sharing a dove peace craft – a foldable writing craft that you can create with your class for Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day, MLK Day, International Peace Day. or any other day when teaching about peace is the topic. Teach students about peace and use this craftivity to create a beautiful display that combines writing and imagery together.
Doves are the symbol for peace and hearts are the symbol of love. Combining those two symbols together create a beautiful display for your classroom. You can also add colored tissue paper strands and glue them on to the craftivity to create a rainbow.
This FREE dove peace craft includes different sheets for you to customize the final look. There are two heart pieces: one with the word peace and one without. In addition, there are two dove pieces holding hearts: one with the writing template and one without. Finally, there is also a separate writing sheet. You can choose to print the paper on white or colored paper. I printed on cardstock to create a more durable craft.
Before writing about peace on the dove template, I recommend reading the book, The Peace Book by Todd Parr. It is a great book for teaching children about peace. The kid-friendly illustrations and concepts children understand and can connect to, make this a must-read.
Create a chart and brainstorm ideas together about what “Peace is…” with your class. You can read more about how I teach my students to write about peace HERE. There is also a different freebie and more ideas included in that post.
Have your students choose three ideas about what peace means to them to write their peace poems. They will trace the words Peace is and print their own ideas on the lines. Then they trace We need peace! at the end.
This is a completely optional step but something I often do with my students once their writing is more established to add more “color” to their writing. Use skinny markers (I love the ones from Crayola) to trace the printed words. You could have them create a rainbow with the colors.
For the peace heart printed on white, the letters can be colored in and the heart can be decorated any way you’d like. I chose to use pastel pencil crayons to trace and shade in the letters for peace.
Cut out the pieces that you’ve chosen for the craftivity after the writing and colouring is complete. Just a tip and something I’ve found works better for little hands. Cut along the outside of the black to leave the larger black outline.
Now to create the foldable part, place the peace heart on top of the dove heart. Create a 1″ fold at the top of the peace heart by folding the bottom of the peace heart up. Try to make the fold straight across. Little hands might need some help with this step.
Add glue along the bottom of the folded part.
Press the folded part down on top of the other heart so they line up with each other. When the folded piece is open, the fold should be high enough for the writing to show completely.
Both hearts should align and the foldable should look like the image above with each heart matching up. To add the rainbow tissue paper, cut long 1″ wide and however long you wish strands of different coloured tissue paper. I prefer to use tissue paper because they blow around and “fly” like a dove.
Turn the dove craftivity over and add glue along the bottom edges of the heart. Stick on the tissue paper strands to create a rainbow or any pattern you choose.
Once complete, hang the dove peace foldable writing crafts along clotheslines or on a bulletin board to create a beautiful display for your celebration.
FREE Dove Peace Craft Printables
I’d love to hear from YOU! Do you teach your students about peace? What activities are your favorites?
Grab my favourite book for teaching peace: The Peace Book and a few other noteworthy books below.
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