Overview: Activities and books to make your Memorial Day extra special.
Memorial Day is a hard holiday to find books to read, but I found 2 fiction and a non fiction book that I thought were good to share for this important holiday.
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Growing up, it was the start of summer for me, but it’s more than a starting point. It’s a time to remember all those who have died fighting for our freedom.
Memorial Day by Rebecca Rissman does a good job of explaining the importance of this holiday to young children. She talks about a bit of history, the meaning, and typical Memorial Day traditions.
Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding is a cute story about a boy named Marco. Mama has surprise for Marco at the holiday parade. The whole trip to the parade and the first part of the parade Marco is held on by the suspense of his surprise. He thinks everything he sees is his surprise, until he finally realizes the true meaning of Memorial Day.
A Memorial Day Memory by Dee Smith is a story about a girl who discovers the meaning of the holiday. She attends her local parade to see soldiers, bands, and baton twirlers.
Memorial Day Activities
This is a simple process art project for toddlers and preschoolers.
-Red, white, and blue paint
Lay out the paint and forks. Model how to dip the pointy part of the fork in the paint and dab on your paper in a circular motion. Don’t worry if the little ones don’t get the circular motion. Let them create on their own.
-red, white, and blue paint
-3 clothes pins
-A real flag or pictures of a flag
Attach a clothes pin to each pompom to use as a paint brush. Model dipping the pompom into the paint and creating dots. Show the flag and talk about the colors, lines, and stars. Then let them create. It’s okay if their flag doesn’t turn out like the real one. It’s about the process, not the final product.
On Memorial Day, I serve red, white, and blue foods for lunch. We talk about the colors and how they are in our flag. Typically I serve blueberries, strawberries, and bananas for our flag colors. Happy Memorial Day!