Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.
Veterans Day is a great time to educate your children about the history of this holiday and the sacrifice and dedication of our U.S. veterans. So, how do you celebrate this holiday in a creative and constructive way with Kids
1) Kids can also make cards to say thank you to veterans they know. Even pre-writers can make a simple card with sticky foam letters or by simply coloring a background that an adult can write on. If you live close to a veteran, you could even help your child make some cookies or another treat to deliver.
2) Many cities or schools host Veterans Day ceremonies or parades. Check your local community calendars to find out which ones might be best to take your kids to. We are looking forward to attending the Veterans Ceremony in our local area this weekend.
3) In many parts of the world Veterans Day is called Rememberance Day, and the poppy is used as a symbol of this special day. Help kids connect that these two observances are the same, and learn a bit more about the significance of the poppy.
4) One of the best ways for children to learn about Veterans Day is to provide opportunities for them to interact with veterans face-to-face. Students at Forever Gymnastics participate in an annual “Red, White and Blue Celebration” where loved ones or relatives who served in the military visit the school and make patriotic crafts with children. You can participate in or organize a similar event within your school or community!
5) Teach your children about the history of Veterans Day by having them create a time line of events leading to the observance of the holiday.
6) Have your kids write short articles or essays of how veterans are honored around the world. And if you know any veterans locally, propose that your kids interview them about what it's like to serve in the U.S. military.
7) Ask your children's teacher to invite veterans to their classroom. Veterans can discuss what it's like to serve in the military, and how important it is to observe this holiday.
8) Have your kids make a colorful and fun poster with the names and pictures of relatives who are veterans.
How will you be spending Veterans Day? Do you have any kid-friendly family traditions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.