How to Share Memorial Day with Your Kids
As the school year is winding down and summertime is starting up, Memorial Day is the holiday that comes at just the perfect time to share both memories and values with your kids! Education, crafts, and walks out into nature or around town can help show your little ones both the importance and the history behind the holiday. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those men and women who have died serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. Here are 5 fun activities that you and your family can enjoy when learning about Memorial Day this year:
- Share and Tell! Your children are making their own journeys in school right now learning about all the men and women of history who have made America what it is today. Give them the highlights that you remember about the historical battles of the past, but also ask for them to share! Getting the little ones excited about their education and bringing it home means that the classroom can extend even further than the regular school day!
- Make Connections! Thanking current members of the armed forces with sweet, colorful, and thoughtful cards gives your kids the chance to have a hands-on experience to help. To take a step even further, deliver these hand-made cards to local heroes and stick around to hear the stories that they have to tell!
- Get out and about! Go to a local parade, see all the open space and nature that the service men and women have fought for, or treat your family to a good, old-fashioned picnic. The traditional red checkered sheets can turn back the hands of time and help you and your kids celebrate the simple gifts that we are given in the USA.
- Let their voices sing and our flag fly! Pull out your American flag and let the wind catch the red, white, and blue while singing songs like the Star Spangled Banner or the National Anthem! If your home doesn’t have a flag or the kids don’t know those tunes yet, grab some colored construction paper, tape, and sticks from outside to make a fully functioning flag while you listen to the music on repeat. Before you know it your crafts will be done and your little ones will know every word to those special songs!
- Visit a museum! No matter near or far there is sure to be a museum of United States history or remembrance just a road trip away. Gather everyone together to look at military uniforms, pictures, scenes, and many more memorabilia from our nation’s past. Many museums also offer free admission to members of the armed forces, so you and your children may be able to thank a service man or woman in person!
Share with us how your family does Memorial day in the USA and share this with your friends so that everyone can have a helping! Sending lots of love, Team Gululu