Looking for something to do with the kids on Labor Day weekend to keep them from getting bored? Why not keep them active and entertained with some Labor Day themed arts, crafts, and games? Here are a few ideas to consider:
Younger children especially enjoy dress up games. Talk with your kids about different jobs they might like to have when they grow up. Then put together some appropriate costumes and uniforms for them to try on. (And hope that their dream is to be, say, a lifeguard, instead of a Renaissance artist at the court of the Medicis.)
Have the children come up with a list of all the occupations they can think of-20, 30, 50 or more. Cut out cardboard rectangles the size of playing cards. On each card, have them draw a worker from one of those occupations, with the name of the occupation underneath. When they are done, turn the cards face down and shuffle them.
Form the children into teams and have them draw one card at a time and act out the occupation in a game of charades, perhaps for other members of the family. Make up whatever rules and scoring system fit the ages of the children.
For older children, if you can make it fun and not like homework, encourage them to research the history of work and the labor movement. Have them create a pictorial timeline showing some of the major events of that history, such as the end of slavery, legislation banning child labor, the institution of the eight hour day, the institution of the minimum wage, and some of the major strikes and conflicts between management and labor.
Have the children cut out pictures of people of different occupations and then glue them onto a poster in collage fashion. Encourage them to be creative in how they combine the occupations. Perhaps multiple collages with different themes, like indoor versus outdoor jobs, or a big letter of the alphabet in the center of the collage, surrounded by only occupations starting with that letter.
5. Make believe town
For a group of children, tell them they must create a town with a maximum of 20 different jobs, a town that is isolated and cannot readily obtain what they need from elsewhere. Allow them to brainstorm what 20 jobs their town would most need. Have them present their consensus choices and discuss what they included and what they left out. (Alas, astronauts and ballerinas would probably not make the cut.) If there are enough children for two or more groups, have them work on the project separately, and then compare and contrast the results.
Starting with these and using a little imagination, there are countless other Labor Day possibilities you could try that would best fit your children and their interests.
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