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Friday, May 23, 2014

Mitten Strings to God ~ Memorial Day with our Kids

Teaching the meaning of Memorial Day to your children can be a challenge.

For many Americans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. We enjoy getting out camping or having a barbecue, but to military families, the meaning runs much deeper than a casual barbecue.
We as the general public should remember and teach our children why there is a day of observance to honor those who sacrifice for our country.

The simplest thing you can do to explain and honor this holiday with your children is to spend time talking to them about what Memorial Day means to you. Take the day to talk & reflect on the subject of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Here are a few ideas for things to do with your kids as you talk to them about the meaning of Memorial Day.

* Honor and Respect
        Put flowers on graves at the Veteran's cemetery.
* Visit and Pay Tribute
        Take a Thank You to a Military Relitive.
        Take Thank You cards, cookies, books, or movies to 
        the Veteran's Hospital and visit those who don't have 
        regular visitors. 
* Support
        Go to and send something to a 
        Tell them a story about one of their ansestors that served 
        in the military.
* Celebrate with a Parade
        Watch the Memorial Day Parade on TV or dress up and 
        make homemade instruments and hold your own parade.
* For older kids you can tune into the History Channel or the 
        Military Channel or rent a movie about some of the 
        famous battles of the past.
* Teach your children about Medals of Honor, go to the link 
        Medals of Honor printable coloring book.
* Make it fun with activities or crafts
        Here are a few ideas:

Paint Rocks for Table Cloth Weights

Decorate Jars for Candles for the Barbecue Table

 Get Red, White and Blue sidewalk Chalk and create Patriotic Art


Make a Patriotic Hand Print Picture

Make fun Patriotic Treats Together




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