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May 3, 2016

6 Quick Projects for a Meaningful Memorial Day

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Children know that in the United States, we celebrate patriotic holidays all year round — Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day — but they don't often understand the significance of each particular holiday. To many, these are just opportunities to get a day off from school. And they don't even celebrate on their days off. 

    In May, make a project at school to help explain that Memorial Day "is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America." Then follow up with take-home projects you can hand out for students to do on their day off from school.

    SCHOOL PROJECTS

    Memorial Day Wreath

    Make a wreath with your students' handprints to hang on your door in remembrance of American citizens who have gone before us. All you need to create this wreath are red, white, and blue construction paper, some ribbon, and a kindergarten class-worth of hands!

    Memorial Day Handprint Wreath

     

    Memorial Day Windsocks

    Make paper soldiers to put on windsocks and hang them somewhere outside in honor of the military men and women who have died. Construction paper, googly eyes, yarn, and a felt tip pen are all the materials you need.

    Memorial Day Windsock with a Paper Cut-Out of a Soldier

     

    Memorial Day Snacks

    Make a flag out of graham crackers, frosting, and sprinkles, with pretzels for the flagpole.

    A flag made with pretzels, a graham cracker, frosting, and sprinkles

     

    TAKE-HOME PROJECTS

    Memorial Day Star

    Your students will love making this cute patriotic star!

    Paper Memorial Day star with accordion arms and legs, holding a craft stick flag

    Memorial Day Star Materials

     

    Memorial Day Poppies

    These red poppies symbolize that new life can grow, even in the middle of a battlefield.

    Red Cupcake Liner Memorial Day Poppies

    Materials for Making Memorial Day Poppies

     

    Memorial Day Placemat

    Students can make a placemat for Memorial Day dinner.

    Paper Memorial Day Placemat

    Materials for Memorial Day Paper Placemats

    Children know that in the United States, we celebrate patriotic holidays all year round — Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day — but they don't often understand the significance of each particular holiday. To many, these are just opportunities to get a day off from school. And they don't even celebrate on their days off. 

    In May, make a project at school to help explain that Memorial Day "is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America." Then follow up with take-home projects you can hand out for students to do on their day off from school.

    SCHOOL PROJECTS

    Memorial Day Wreath

    Make a wreath with your students' handprints to hang on your door in remembrance of American citizens who have gone before us. All you need to create this wreath are red, white, and blue construction paper, some ribbon, and a kindergarten class-worth of hands!

    Memorial Day Handprint Wreath

     

    Memorial Day Windsocks

    Make paper soldiers to put on windsocks and hang them somewhere outside in honor of the military men and women who have died. Construction paper, googly eyes, yarn, and a felt tip pen are all the materials you need.

    Memorial Day Windsock with a Paper Cut-Out of a Soldier

     

    Memorial Day Snacks

    Make a flag out of graham crackers, frosting, and sprinkles, with pretzels for the flagpole.

    A flag made with pretzels, a graham cracker, frosting, and sprinkles

     

    TAKE-HOME PROJECTS

    Memorial Day Star

    Your students will love making this cute patriotic star!

    Paper Memorial Day star with accordion arms and legs, holding a craft stick flag

    Memorial Day Star Materials

     

    Memorial Day Poppies

    These red poppies symbolize that new life can grow, even in the middle of a battlefield.

    Red Cupcake Liner Memorial Day Poppies

    Materials for Making Memorial Day Poppies

     

    Memorial Day Placemat

    Students can make a placemat for Memorial Day dinner.

    Paper Memorial Day Placemat

    Materials for Memorial Day Paper Placemats

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