Next Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day.
I think some of us when we were very young recognized Memorial Day as simply an entire Monday to play outside, or if you were older it was a chance to sleep in. Holidays meant NO school, and unless you really loved waking up at 6am and ridding the bus, then you were probably a pretty happy kid.
However, as adults we learned that certain holidays represent more than just a day off. Yes that part is nice, but certain holidays symbolize something greater, something important.
Now does this mean you can’t take full advantage of enjoying a barbecue with family, or head out on a mini trip during the three day weekend? Absolutely not. Just make sure to take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is truly about.
Did you know the holiday first began on May 30, 1868? Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day and President Richard M. Nixon declared it a federal holiday in 1971.
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died while serving our country – it often gets confused with Veterans Day, but they are not the same. Veterans Day honors those who are currently fighting or have fought for our country. Memorial Day is for remembering those who have lost their lives while fighting for our freedom.
We pinned a few great ideas to help you celebrate this holiday at home with your little ones or right inside the classroom : )
But first…you could use these helpful books to strengthen their comprehension.
Now onto the activities!
Flags are always a classic symbol we use to show pride for our country, and one that your child or student will certainly recognize. Take a peek at these interactive flag crafts.
This one looks great for perfecting those fine motor skills.
You can find the full directions here
This looks like it would be a wonderful, “hands-on” activity : ) with the help of a little washable paint.
You can find the full directions here.
While this one is not a flag, it still has the colors and patriotic flare to it. Pop a battery operated tea light into the jar for a cute night light.
Click here for the simple directions.
We here at Kaymbu hope you enjoy the three day weekend, and have an even better time teaching your child or classroom about the true meaning of the holiday.
…And to all of our military men and women, words can not express our gratitude. Thank you for all that you do.
Happy Memorial Day!