Traditionally, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, filled with family barbecues, opening day at the pool and parades. This year looks a little different but provides a great way to teach the true meaning of the day. I have gathered a few child-friendly, socially-distant activities to do as a family to help get this important message across.
Memorial Day has been around since the late 1800’s as a day to honor the brave soldiers of the Civil War. In 1950, Congress requested that the President call on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.
- Create a patriotic agamograph with the kids
- Campgrounds not open yet? Have a backyard camp out.
- Visit a national cemetery near you to pay your respects.
- Decorate your home with this Tin Can Luminary.
- Listen to the Memorial Day Concert
- Hear from veterans and families of fallen heroes in their own words.
- Show your respect and remembrance with a chalk mural. Get inspired with Young Rembrandts How to Draw videos.
- Attend the virtual Parade of Heroes.
- Paint a poppy wreath. Poppies are traditional for Remembrance Day, the Canadian version of Memorial Day.
- Honor the National Moment of Remembrance. At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, every American is asked to pause for just one minute to honor the fallen.
- Make a Salt Firework Craft.
- Share a photo of your beloved fallen soldier/airman/etc. on Facebook or Instagram. It’s a day about remembering after all, so share his (or her) story!
Find many more activities on my Pinterest page.