Celebrate Memorial Day – Fun Learning Activities for Kids

We observe Memorial Day every year on the last Monday of May, but do you know why?

This solemn occasion is meant to commemorate and honor all the men and women who gave up their lives in the military service of the United States. There are many stories about the origins of ‘Decoration Day’, but historical records suggest it started as an event to pay tribute to Union soldiers who died during the Civil War. Today, it is a federal holiday when the United States flag is flown at half-mast from dawn to noon.

Your child reads about the history and heritage of Memorial Day in textbooks. But does he really understand what it stands for? We have some great ideas to help your child actively participate in the observance of this special day.

Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day Traditional Activities for Kids

These days, most of us have forgotten the significance of Memorial Day and choose to mark it (if at all) with movies and shop-a-thons. Traditionally, though, Memorial Day weekend was marked with activities such as laying the American flag on war veterans’ graves in national cemeteries; participating in local parades and community observances; and attending church services.

To educate your child about the true significance of the day, spare a moment and have the whole family observe the ‘Moment of Remembrance’ at 3 pm local time.

Memorial Day Family Fun Kids’ Activities

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer and a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the family.If you haven’t already settled in on your plans, how about checking out the local Memorial Day festivities? The fireworks, rides and delicious food are sure to divert the kids if the occasion gets too somber.

If there’s nothing interesting going on in your own city, you can always host your own event. It’s a good reason to bring the whole family together, plus the kids can have a great time practicing and performing Memorial Day-centered skits. And, there’ll be plenty of time for a theme party for kids and adults afterwards.

Memorial Day Weekend Vacation Activities

Sure, soaking up some sun tops your list of priorities this weekend, but how about fusing it with the true purpose of the holiday?

Pack an overnight bag and head for Washington DC - home to America’s greatest war memorials, from the African American Civil War Memorial to the Iwo Jima Memorial. Let the kids soak in some history and learn about the bravehearts who died protecting our freedom.

Or, head off to the Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia, a one-time Confederate military prison, now a memorial to American prisoners of war throughout the history of our nation.

Whatever you do, just make sure the kids get a chance to honor the patriotism of our military forces through these interesting Memorial Day kids’ activities! You should also check out JumpStart’s collection of fun and printable Memorial Day worksheets, activities, and coloring pages for kids!

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