Veterans Day is an annual, federal United States holiday that falls on November 11th each year. The holiday, originally proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson, was later made an official holiday by Congress in 1938. It was deemed as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” Armistice Day was of course later changed to Veterans Day.
Young children who have not been impacted by war may not understand the reason for the holiday, or may not even know that it exists. Others may just see November 11th as a day off from school. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the history of our nation, as well as the sacrifice of U.S. veterans. Here are some simple activities to teach children about the Veterans Day holiday.
Bald Eagle Paper Craft
Children can get creative with construction paper and make their own version of this American symbol.
American Flag Wreath
Fold red, white and blue construction paper strips into chains and glue together. This makes a lovely 3-D version of an American flag wreath!
Bake an American Flag Cake!
Using white cake mix and icing, blueberries and strawberries, make a dessert treat that honors the stars and stripes!
Make a Thank You Card for a Veteran
Deliver a handmade thank you card to a local veteran that you know. Personally thank him for his service to our country. Also, thank his wife and children for their service!
Make a Veterans Family Tree
Using photos and poster board, make a family tree and label all of the veterans, and what time period they served in.
Send a letter to a soldier
Did you know that personal letters is the most requested items by military soldiers in the field? Hop on over to the Any Soldier website (www.anysoldier.com) and request an address on the “Where to Send?” page. A mailing address will be sent to you via email, and then you and your child can send poetry, thoughts or a drawing to a solder who is deployed. It takes 10-14 days for your mail to be received.
List why you are proud to be an American
Your older children might not be interested in doing a Veterans Day craft or coloring page. Instead, challenge your child to make it about themselves. Ask them to write down five reasons why he or she is proud to be an American.