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Peace Crafts for Children

Updated on March 18, 2017
Peace Crafts, Teach Peace Not War
Peace Crafts, Teach Peace Not War | Source

Teach Peace with Crafts

Peace crafts and art themes are popular in all cultures throughout the world. Children, tweens, teens, adults and seniors alike appreciate the symbols of peace and wear clothing, jewelry and badges adorned with peace symbols. Teaching peace helps all and harms none. We can use these arts and crafts to supplement the lessons of living a peaceful life.

Political campaigns and world leaders promote action and encourage people to work together for a common cause. Sharing the quest and hope for world peace is universal. I firmly believe that today more than ever we must teach the world's children that living without violence is essential.

Make Peace Not War. Teach Peace.

How to Fold the Origami Peace Crane

Craft Pinwheels for Peace

Pinwheels for Peace says: imagine... whirled peace!

In today's world, p e a c e must become more than just a word and you can be part of it through The Pinwheels for Peace Project.

Pinwheel template used under terms of publication rules: "You may print and distribute this template freely as long as you keep our website information intact and use the template for the Pinwheels for Peace Project."

Pinwheels for Peace - Print, decorate and assemble your own pinwheel for Peace Day

Pinwheels for Peace template, used with pernission -  www.pinwheelsforpeace.com
Pinwheels for Peace template, used with pernission - www.pinwheelsforpeace.com

Peace Flags - Show your colors!

Flags are fun and meaningful for any seaon or reason. Fly a flag for peace - with the colors, symbols or other decorations that celebrate peaceful living and happiness.

Peace Arts & Crafts - Crafts with PEACE Themes

Crafts with a peace theme for children and adults. Use these peace arts and crafts projects as part of a peace day learning activity or group project.

My biggest peace craft project is a five-foot diameter holiday wreath that forms a peace sign with lights - we hang this giant peace sign on the outside of our home and light it up every night for the Advent season.

Holiday Peace Craft for Children

I'd Rather Teach Peace
I'd Rather Teach Peace

When invited to teach a writing course at the School Without Walls, Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy responded with the title of this book - I'd Rather Teach Peace.

That was in 1982. From that simple beginning this respected journalist took his lessons of peace to all sorts of schools in the US, giving up his job as a columnist to encourage children to explore the issues and think creatively about peace.

Rave reviews applaud this book, from a broad spectrum of readers ranging from former military officers and professional educators, to every day folks, all recommending this slim but powerful book to "everyone in the world."

 
Arborsmith peace tree, wikimedia,  used under CC license 2.5
Arborsmith peace tree, wikimedia, used under CC license 2.5

Imagine ... Peace

All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance

John Lennon and Yoko Ono campaigned for peace and human rights, using art as the medium to communicate their message. John's lyrics (poetry) often included peace messages:

Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try

No people below us, above it's only sky

Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do

No need to kill or die for and no religions, too

Imagine all the people living life in peace ...

Imagine was recorded and performed live numerous times, as was another famous Lennon anti-war song, Give Peace a Chance.

Peace signs, peace symbols sticker poster
Peace signs, peace symbols sticker poster | Source

The Peace Sign

Peace symbols and icons

Peace symbols are universal glyphs and images - peace icons - made easily recognizable through the antiwar movement or pop culture. Many different symbols for ending conflict are recognized around the world. The most familiar universal icons are a dove, an olive branch, a broken weapon and the graphic used originally by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament ("the round peace symbol").

Although 40 years have passed since the 1969 march on Washington, DC, the peace symbol remains a popular icon in world cultures. The round graphic and the fingers displayed in a "V" shape have the same meaning no matter what the language.

The most well known symbol from the 1960s has become pop culture favorite that remains a favorite in the 21st century.

Read more about universal symbols for peace at wikipedia.org

Symbols of Peace Video

A video montage of peace images with The Beatles Give Peace a Chance for soundtrack.

Make a Peace Tree

Resources for symbols are linked to additional pages

Peace Tree Day is celebrated on June 1 - when you take part in an artistic project created in its honor by creating a 2- or 3-dimensional tree and have children decorate it with ornaments created from the following symbols:

AFRICAN SYMBOL FOR PEACEMAKING

BAHA'I, THE NINE POINTED STAR

BUDDHIST WHEEL

DREAMCATCHER

DIYA FROM DIWALI

DOVE

DREIDEL FOR HANNUKAH

EASTER EGG

ELEPHANT

HINDU OM

INUKSHUK, Aboriginal

JAIN HAND

KINARA AND THE MISHURNAA SABA

LATIN CROSS

MEHNDI HAND FOR EID

MENORAH

MOON and STAR from ISLAM

PEACE IN CHINESE

PEACE SIGN

STAR OF DAVID, Judaism

KHANDA, Sikhism

UNITY CUP of KWANZAA

YIN and YANG

ZOARASTRIAN ADAR

http://www.peacetreeday.com/peacetrees.htm

Peace in all Directions

Peace Poster Craft Template, Printable
Peace Poster Craft Template, Printable | Source

Peace Clip Art

Peace signs of all sorts to use in your peace art, blogs, lenses and web posts.

Fly a Flag for Peace - I fly a flag with red and white stripes with the famous symbol on a field of blue

Search for a flag to add to your home to show your support for world harmony.

Tibetan Prayer Flags Display - A Kinetic Sculpture to Spread Good Will to the Four Winds

Tibetan prayer flags are used to promote harmony, compassion, strength, and wisdom.Tibetans believe the flags help send prayers and mantras blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion to all.

Peace Doves in Art - Alexandra Nechita

Peace One Day - What Will You Do? September 21
Peace One Day - What Will You Do? September 21

Celebrate Peace One Day

September 21

Peace One Day strives to offer free education materials to every school on the planet. International Peace Day was established by the United Nations as a result of global awareness campaigns by this organization.

"It will not stop until we inform everyone on the planet that Peace Day exists."

Imagine ... - John Lennon, Imagine video

© 2009 Lee Hansen

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