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Commemoration

Simpsons Donkey

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John Simpson Kirkpatrick is remembered for his honorary work in the First World War where he obtained a donkey and used it to carry wounded soldiers to safety. We created our own version of Simpson's donkey to remember Simpson and his ANZAC spirit.

  • Step 1Paint 2 paper cups brown. Allow to dry.
  • Step 2Trim the top off one of your painted cups to make it shorter than the other.
  • Step 3Paint 5 popsticks brown. Allow to dry.
  • Step 4Carefully use scissors to create 4 slits in the side of the large cup. Push a popstick into each of the slits to create legs for your donkey.
  • Step 5Carefully use scissors to create slits in the side of the small cup and the base of the large cup. Push a popstick into the side of the small cup to create a neck for your donkey.
  • Step 6Push the other end of the popstick into the base of the large cup to attach your donkey’s head and neck to his body.
  • Step 7Use brown foam to cut out some ear shapes (pictured) to fit behind your donkey’s head.
  • Step 8Use tape to secure your foam ears to the back of the paper cup.
  • Step 9Use felt to cut a long white strip and a small red cross to fit within the strip.
  • Step 10Use glue to attach the white strip around your donkey’s nose to create a bandage and attach the red cross to the top of the bandage.
  • Step 11Use glue to attach wiggle eyes to your donkey.
  • Step 12Cut 6 pieces of black yarn. Tie one of the pieces around the centre of the others to bundle them together.
  • Step 13Place the bundle of yarn on the forehead of your donkey to create a tuft of hair. Attach with glue.

Materials used in this activity

Foam Sheets - Large - Pack of 10
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