Planning a patriotic cookout takes time and coordination, but, while you’re celebrating with your family, remember to recognize and thank those who have given their lives for our country. 

Here are some different ideas, ranging from extra fun and crafty to informative and solemn. Hopefully, by choosing what best suits your family, these suggestions can inspire and help your family's youngest members to understand the meaning of the holiday as you celebrate.

1.  Remembrance Bracelets


Remembrance Bracelets Memorial Day Activity for Kids

Bracelets can function as excellent reminders. Making Memorial Day bracelets that have messages on them like "thank you" and "remember" can be a great hands-on way to celebrate while helping kids understand the meaning of Memorial Day.

Source: No Time For Flashcards

2. Playdough Battleground


Playdough Battleground Memorial Day Activity for Kids

is activity is ideal for parents with a deep interest in history who can help explain what happened in different battles that our soldiers have fought in.  It would also be suitable for toddlers looking to play with playdough while older siblings are learning in a very hands-on capacity.

Source: No Time For Flashcards

3. Poppy Delivery


Make Your Own Poppies Memorial Day Kids Activity

This blogger had the idea to make paper poppies, the flower of remembrance, with her children.  They were able to make enough flowers to take and pass out at a local Senior Center.  What a great way to encourage children to express their gratitude to our veterans directly!  This might be ideal for you if you have no former servicemen in the family, or are too far away to visit.

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4. Patriotic Spirit Wands


Make Your Own Patriotic Wands for Kids on Memorial Day

These Patriotic Spirit Wands are the perfect pre-parade craft.  Remember, it is still important to have spirit even on days of remembrance.

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5.  Go to a Parade!


Teach Kids About Memorial Day by Visiting a Parade

If your community is putting on a parade, go!  This is an awesome visual for your children to think about the meaning of the day, and you can bring your spirit wands!  If there won’t be any parades near you, your family can visit a nearby war memorial site.

6. Educational Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt for Kids on Memorial Day

Among some other ideas, this list provides a link to a scavenger hunt all ready to download and complete.


7. Budget Time with this Super Easy (and Extra Cute) Snack


Cute Patriotic Snack for Kids on Memorial Day

Making the food for an event can take up all of your time. To free up some of your time during the party and allow for more recognition of our troops, follow these instructions for an adorable and edible addition to your Memorial Day spread.


8. Read a Book Together!


Read a book with your kids on Memorial Day

This book, written by Karen Latchana
Kenney, is one example of a Memorial Day story for children.  Reading a history geared towards children is likely to be informative as well as memorable, thanks to the pictures!


9. Quiz: Test Your Memorial Day Knowledge

Memorial Day Trivia Quiz for Kids

In case you are feeling a little bit unprepared to help your kids understand and appreciate Memorial Day, quiz yourself!  This quick refresher is full of some fun facts and only takes five minutes.


10. Full Itinerary


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If you are looking for more of a holistic approach, with quotes and reflections on the holiday as well as how-tos for recognizing the meaning of the day and navigating its many festivities, check out this resource.


Who are you remembering for Memorial Day?  How can you honor their memory together with your family this Memorial Day? 
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