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
- 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.