Memorial Day Activities…

Next Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day.

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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.

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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.

Click here to see a list on amazon or find some at your local library!

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Now onto the activities!

https://www.pinterest.com/kaymbuinc/memorial-day-activities-and-other-goodies/

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Simple and Lovely Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

This Sunday, May 10th we celebrate mothers everywhere!

George Washington once said…

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

It’s easy to see that mom’s are pretty special people.

I can imagine that some mom’s out there STILL have all the mother’s day presents they ever received. I bet you occasionally run across one saved away in a box and and ask your mom why she doesn’t just throw it away. To that she replies “NEVER!” Moms treasure the things we do and make that show we love them.

There are so many things from making cards, to a homemade necklace that you can do to say “Hey mom, I like you a lot. …And thanks for not getting mad when I cut my own hair, spilled countless items on the floor, colored in all your books to make them pretty, making you stay home with me when I didn’t feel good, for leaving the night light on, for reading to me even when you were exhausted, for giving me the best advice (that sometimes I should have listened to better), and for loving me (that’s the best one).”

So for all those teachers, dad’s, aunts, cousins, or anyone out there that wants to make a mom they know feel a little more special, check out these awesome ideas that we pinned!

https://www.pinterest.com/kaymbuinc/mothers-day-crafts/

I’ve also categorized a few for you to check out!

FREE Printable Love You Hand Stamp (Easy- great for teachers or to do at home with younger children that is super simple! Just print the image and stamp away! You have the option to frame it or not.)

CUTE Love U Hand Print Gift Idea

Full directions here http://lilluna.com/love-u-hand-prints-gift/

Mason Jar Flower Photo Holder (Medium- much better to do with older children or definitely do-able if you have more than one adult to help with your class, but this is GREAT! You could use ANY jar you want it doesn’t have to be a mason jar. Then just add a few flowers either real or some silk ones from a craft store to make it even more beautiful)

How to make a mason jar vase and frame

Full instructions here http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/crafts/mason-jar-picture-frame-vase.html

Mosaic Mom (Harder-in the sense that a little more time is required for prep and clean up. To stay organized my tip is to keep the beads in tupperware containers, or beads will find themselves all over the place. You can use up all those old beads or shiny pieces you have lying around!)

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Full directions here http://www.theartannex.com/2011/12/m-is-for-mosaic-mom-gift.html

We hope these ideas have helped inspire you to create some great things for Mother’s Day, and to mom’s everywhere thank you for all that you do!