It is Memorial Day weekend. While it is the unofficial kick-off to summer and a long weekend for many, it is also a time to remember those who have served and those who are currently serving. And while this is not something that toddlers are going to grasp the concept of, they can see that being patriotic, doing for others, and being part of the community are important. No more so than on a day like Memorial Day. As such, see what may be going on locally and plan what to do with toddlers on Memorial Day.
First known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day that has been celebrated since the 1860s. This was originally in tribute to the Civil War veterans who did not make it home to their families. However, according to History.comit did not become a federal holiday until 1971.
And since that time, families and communities have been able to pay tribute to military personnel of the past and present for all that they do. Something that kids, young and old, should participate in as well.
Here is what to do on Memorial Day with toddlers.
Go To A Parade
One of the most popular ways that cities and towns come together on Memorial Day is by holding a parade. And what better way to get toddlers involved in the festivities than to take them to one.
If the city or town where toddlers live is not having a parade, parents can check local papers or even social media to find out where the closest parade may be. And if it happens that there isn’t one in close vicinity, then find a locale that has other entertainment going on for the day and make a day trip out of it. Not only will families be able to enjoy a parade, but they can see what a community not too far away does to celebrate its veterans as well.
Have A Red, White & Blue Picnic
While summer and Memorial Day may be better known for grilling than picnics, picnics are far more fun for toddlers. As such, pull together all the red, white, and blue picnic supplies on-hand and throw a picnic.
According to Kitchen Confidante, there are several foods that can be included in a picnic that play well with the color theme. Some of those foods include:
- Tri-color tortilla chips in red, blue, and corn color
- Finger foods that include some colors
- Festive juice
On top of foods that are theme-specific, per publication, it is also possible to use plates, cups, straws, napkins, tablecloths, and more that are also red, white, and blue.
The best part is that the family spends time together, and it is outdoors. It may be simple, but it is fun and how memories are made.
Do Patriotic Crafts
Toddlers love to be creative. As such, come up with some patriotic crafts to do on Memorial Day that will help toddlers better understand what the day is all about.
There are many crafts that can be done by toddlers that range from something they can work on semi-independently to needing help from parents. Some of them include:
Popsicle Stick Flags: Grateful
Patriotic Sun Catcher: Happy Toddler Time
Patriotic Hand Wreath: DLTK’s Sites For Kids
Red Poppy Craft: Carrots Are Orange
If these do not spark an interest in toddlers, simply put out some paints or colors in red, white, and blue and let toddlers be creative. Chances are they will make a spectacular picture without any prompting from parents or need to follow directions to make a specific craft.
Help Pack A Care Package To Be Sent Overseas
Soldiers overseas miss the comforts of home, regardless of how long their deployment is. That is why friends and family will send them care packages to give them a piece of their community to enjoy while far away.
There are some military personnels who are not so lucky to have friends or family who send them care packages. As such, use Memorial Day as a holiday to pack a few care packages with toddlers to send to those who could use a bit of cheering up. Explain while packing why the care package is being sent and even throw in a masterpiece from toddlers to include in the package. It will be sure to bring a smile to any serviceman or woman who receives the box. And likely will make their entire week as well.
Fly An American Flag
It may not seem like a big deal to fly an American flag on Memorial Day. But, according to Patch, there is a specific way the flag should be flown on the holiday. And toddlers can be involved in the ceremony of it all.
Per the publication, the flag should be flown at half-mast in the morning in attribute to those who have served that are no longer living. Then, in the afternoon, the flag is flown high to say thanks to those who are currently serving. Something that toddlers can help to change as Memorial Day gets into full swing.
Source: History.com, Kitchen Confidante, Grateful, Happy Toddler Time, DLTK’s Sites For Kids, Carrots Are Orange, Patch
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