Memorial Day Activities

For most, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Images of beach-time, outdoor picnics, and overall fun in the sun activities are beginning to occupy our thoughts. While you’re dreaming of summer days, here are a few ways to celebrate Memorial Day with your kids!

Books

Reading books with your kids on Memorial Day is a good way to teach them the real meaning behind Memorial Day – that it is a day for remembering all the men and women who died while serving their country in the United States Armed Forces. In Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding, a young boy named Marco and his mother enjoy the Memorial Day Parade and learn about the holiday along the way. The Wall by Eve Bunting tells the story of a boy and his father who visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to look for his grandfather’s name while learning about those who gave their lives to keep the United States safe and free.

Handprint Flag

After reading about Memorial Day, it’s time for a craft! This fun and easy stars and stripes patriotic hand print flag craft from B-Inspired Mama only requires craft paint, paint brushes, light blue paper, red paper, and white paint marker. First, paint a blue square on the palm of your child’s hand. Second, paint white and red alternating striped down the fingers. Next, press their hand down onto light blue paper to make a print. Once dry, add a star to the blue area using the white paint marker. Finally, mount on slightly larger red paper to create a frame. You can use this craft as a decoration for Memorial Day or even make it into a card to send to a friend or family member who served or is serving in the armed forces.

Memorial Day Fruit Kabobs

If you’re looking for something to bring to the Memorial Day barbeque or just want to make something delicious with the kids, try making Memorial Day fruit kabobs from Toys in the Dryer. All you need is fruit, marshmallows, and some skewers. Depending on what your kids like to eat, try strawberries, cherries, watermelon, or raspberries for red; blueberries, grapes, or blackberries for blue, and bananas, apples, marshmallows, or even popcorn for white.

Wear Red, White, and Blue

Memorial Day is also a good time to show your patriotism by wearing red, white, and blue! A perfect red, white, and blue outfit for your little girl is the Sophie Catalou Cerise Bubble Romper – it’s red with white print and a contrasting blue bow! For boys, the Stella Cove Anchor Boardshorts will have your little one beach or pool ready in minutes. And for a timeless must-have outfit, look no further that the Anais & I Suzanna Set - the perfect traditional ensemble for your little angel!

Happy Memorial Day!