Memorial Day is an important holiday that honors those who have died in warfare. While it often serves as a fun holiday that marks the beginning of summer, it’s actually quite a somber day, especially for those who have fallen service members in their families.
Take some time to talk about the meaning of Memorial Day with kids with these activities.
The Holiday Zone is a great place to start for basic information on the history of Memorial Day and lots of activities including songs, classroom activities, arts and crafts projects, recommended books, discussion questions and more. It even suggests a grade range for different printables and which ones would be appropriate for English language learners.
The Memorial Day word search from Homeschool of 1 gives you a chance to talk with kids about what the different words mean in relation to Memorial Day such as sacrifice, service and honor.
Read these Memorial Day poems at Woo Jr., and then have older kids write their own or talk about how poetry can help us remember loved ones or share stories about people who are no longer with us.
Poppies are a classic symbol of remembrance, particularly in the UK. Make this poppy craft from Nothing But Room while you talk about Memorial Day with your kids.
Combine talking about Memorial Day (or any patriotic holiday) with a little cutting practice with these printables from 3 Boys and a Dog.
Jessica Tobin has a flip book you can download from Teachers Pay Teachers all about Memorial Day that includes a passage to read, comprehension questions and true and false questions.
These Memorial Day color by number worksheets from Leap of Faith Crafting are good for any patriotic holiday and for kids who know their numbers up to 10. Simply Love Printables also has a set of coloring pages that are more specifically on theme for Memorial Day with images of soldiers and words of remembrance.