Memorial Day, celebrated on May 30, is a time to honor our fallen men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Your family might be planning to attend an annual parade in town or pay a visit to a loved one at a local cemetery. For kids, understanding why we observe the day isn’t always clear. Here are some ways to help them learn about this day of remembrance.
- Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids — Click here for a printable scavenger hunt from pinner Lolli at Food Fun Family, where kids can find a variety of different Memorial Day-related items.
- Create a U.S. Handprint Wreath — This is a great craft to do with the whole family and is a conversation starter about Memorial Day. Each family member can contribute their handprint on the wreath. It can be saved every year to honor the day. Click here to find the craft from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids.
- Read a Book — You can get many books on your library’s website or via Kindle. “The Wall” by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler (illustrator) is a great example of a book to read to kids. It’s about a young boy and his father who visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington to find his grandfather’s name.
- Watch a Video — Click here for an informational 4-minute video on Memorial Day, appropriate for kids K-5. It includes facts, along with a message from President Barack Obama.
- Have your child put a U.S. flag in the yard or visit a local remembrance location in your area — Take time out with your family to remember all those who have lost their lives to war. Plant a flag in your yard to show your respect or stop by a local place in your town (many cities have memorials around their town halls or parks) and place a small flower. This is a great way to teach kids respect and help them learn about the day.