NZ History: ANZAC Learning Resource

ANZAC learning resource

The Anzac Resource Kit, ‘Kiwi’s and Diggers’ has been researched and assembled by the Army Museum, and is a really fantastic addition to our NZ history resources.

The Kit is made up of a number of Paks (not all pictured as there’s tons more inside envelopes – I only pictured the loose stuff).  I would gauge the level as aimed at children between 8 and 12 years of age.

I’ve found the content to be an appropriate introduction to the subject of war.  I like how it is honouring of a generation that paid a high price for freedom.

Here are just some of the things the Kit contains:

  • A teacher’s guide
  • Maps
  • Posters
  • 10 photocards (with biographies, and various snapshots of history)
  • 5 actions cards (with ideas on how to use the photocards),
  • Cassette tape with stories
  • A diary of the Anzac’s in Gallipoli
  • The story of one NZ soldier, including a scrapbook, certificate, name card and activity cards.

The subjects covered range from the Anzac history of Gallipoli itself, to a personal look at one soldier’s life in the Great War.

With your younger ones (between ages 6 and 8), you may like to keep it simple and focus on what life was like 100 years ago in New Zealand, or use one of the photocards as a story starter.  If they can cope with a little more writing (doing themselves or dictating to you as you type), you could write journal entries together or get your child to write a news article.

If you’re outside NZ, you might still like to look at World War I from the perspective of another country, and what life was life for both soldiers that fought and those left back home.

The Anzac Kit is only $30 plus postage.  To purchase, contact the National Army Museum.

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