Memorial Day Activities For Kids

Memorial Day Activities For Kids | Need something to do? Memorial Day activities for kids to the rescue. While the events of Memorial Day are somber, dealing with the death of the heroes of the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corp, and the Airforce. | #homeschool #homeschoolblogMemorial Day Activities For Kids

Need something to do? Memorial Day activities for kids to the rescue. While the events of Memorial Day are somber, dealing with the death of the heroes of the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corp, and the Airforce. Many of you may have family or friends who died and use this day to celebrate their lives as well as their service to our nation.

Memorial Day activities for kids can consist of learning as well as honoring our fallen heroes.

You can use these facts for Memorial Day Activites For Kids:

  1. Memorial day – remember the men and women who died to protect our country. Dedicated their lives to keep our nation free.
  2. The difference between Memorial Day and veteran’s day
  3. Memorial Day: Honors those who lost their lives.
  4. Memorial Day occurs the last Monday of May.
  5. Memorial Day began after the Civil War.
  6. Veteran’s Day vs. Memorial Day: Memorial Day honors our fallen heroes, however, Veteran’s Day honors all the men and women who have served in the US Military (armed forces).

Fun Facts:

  1. President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day as a Federal Holiday in 1971
  2. Official Flower: red poppies
  3. Celebrations take place by placing flowers on soldiers graves, flying flags at half staff, attending parades, or visiting memorials or grave sites. DC has one of the largest Vietnam memorials.
  4. The unofficial start of the summer season.
  5. Government offices are closed such as schools, post office, banks, etc.
  6. Medal of Honor – information here.
  7. Statistics from the US Army – information here.
  • Things to do:
    Explain what Memorial Day means.
    Watch how to correctly fold the American Flag: Video here – and another video here  
    Create an American Flag with Construction Paper with various colors
    Draw a US Flag and color.
  • Participate in Memorial Day events locally.
  • Send a care package to soldiers
  • Learn about the National Moment of Remembrance
    (The Vice President lays a wreath on a soldier’s grave in Arlington VA – National Cemetery)
  • The President of the United States also issues a proclamation of a prayer of peace.
    https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/22/presidential-proclamation-prayer-peace-memorial-day-2015
  • Visit a War Memorial or cemetery in town.
  • Memorial Day Worksheet:
    https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/hunt/images/hunt036-download.pdf
  • Visit a Veterans in the nursing homes (ask your pastor or even neighbor if they know of anyone who can give you a reference of someone lonely who would like visitors!)
  • Learn about the poppy project – Buddy Poppy Here is a video on the Buddy Poppy historic beginnings:
  • Make American themed dessert. Cupcakes – red, white and blue themed.

Whatever you do with your children to celebrate this historic day, have fun and create memories. And, don’t forget to take pictures and share them with us on Facebook! Feel free to friend me on Facebook (Felice Gerwitz) and join our network private Facebook page here.

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