Doing something to celebrate Veterans Day with kids is a great way to honor all the men and women that have served in the Armed Forces during peace times as well as times of war. Let our young children know that without these brave people, the world would be a very different place.
Veteran’s Day is November 11th and it is a holiday the kids and grandkids should understand. First of all they should know the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. These days, many children know someone who serves or has served in the military, whether it’s their father, mother, aunt, uncle, grandparent or teacher.
This article has a wonderful and thoughtful list of 11 things to do today with your kids to honor the millions of veterans.
11 Ways to Celebrate Veterans Day
1. Teach your children about the history of Veterans Day.
Before children can really learn about Veterans Day they need to know what a veteran is. Many of them will have relatives who have served in one of the military services so this should be an easy concept. 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.
2. Write short poems or essays for veterans.
Encourage kids write short poems or essays of how much kids honor and appreciate veterans. Patriotic poetry is a pleasurable, and sometime funny, sound to the ears. Just as it is a sultry, creative, fond, joy to write to the soul. You can collect some simple Veterans Day poems and offer your kids to reference.
3. Take your children to visit veteran hospital.
Visiting a Veterans Affairs hospital with kids can bring happiness to veterans who have been suffering, and help your children know more about veterans and their great service and contributions. But what to wear to interview veterans? So you should consider any suitably colored clothes for your children such as T-shirt with a patriotic message or unique hat with red, white and blue color.
4. Suggest your child to draw a Veterans Day picture.
Suggest your child to pick one of the core values of one branch of the military and draw a picture about that value means to veterans.
5. Make a thank you card for veterans.
Create a Veterans Day card using whatever craft supplies your children have. They can simply fold a piece of paper in half and then draw a heart, or can get fancy with stickers and cut-outs. Write their own Veterans Day quotes will be perfect.
6. Veterans Day Puzzles for Kids
Puzzle activities and word games for children all have themes related to Armistice Day is perfect and interesting. Such as the Veterans Day word search, find the hidden words associated with Veterans Day and let this annual holiday leave special impression upon kids’ mind.
7. Veterans Day Lessons for Children
For teacher, it’s always important to teach our students that Veterans Day means more than just a day off from school. Patriotism is a value that must be taught and modeled for our young students. By taking some time to give this sentiment even deeper meaning in your classroom around national holidays.
8. Encourage Student to write veterans stories.
Inquire if any students have any relatives or acquaintances that are veterans. Have they heard any first-person stories about wartime? Encourage them to write down these unique stories will be meaningful.
9. Veterans Day Craft Party
Very young children might enjoy a make-and-take craft party on Veterans Day. Set up three or four craft station, such as for making Liberty Bells, star-shaped paper weights, peace doves, red, white and blue paper candles, and American flag.
Ask your children to write letters to a veteran the family knows, thanking him or her for their service to our country. They can download a variety of patriotic stationery from various sites on the web.
11. Plan a care package-packing game
Ask kids to bring donations of beef jerky, DVDs, CDs, books, magazines, leftover Halloween candy and phone cards to your house. You supply the packaging and postage.