This Memorial Day Activities Preschool theme is based on the Memorial Day holiday. It is a United States national holiday declared to honor those who have fought and died serving their country. Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May each year.
This holiday can be a difficult time for many who have either lost loved ones in military service or who have family members deployed. The article link below discusses how military deployment impacts our preschoolers and what you, as teachers, can do.
Materials Needed: Blue construction paper, white paint, sponges in star shapes (or star cookie cutters), red and white streamers, hole punch, yarn
The children stamp white stars all over the blue paper. They should tape red and white streamers across the bottom of the blue paper (or glue them). Great opportunity to work with patterns: red, white, red, white!
When dry, help them to tape the paper into a cylinder shape. Hole punch 2 holes on the top on opposite sides of the paper. Add a piece of yarn or ribbon and hang up!
Materials Needed: LARGE piece of poster board with a flag shape drawn on it; finger paint in red and white; star stampers
Help the children to make the stripes on the flag by using their hand prints.
When dry, they help to stamp or glue on stars
Make a large sign that says THANK YOU
Hang outside your school in honor of those who have served.
Materials Needed: lunch sized bags (white or brown), yellow paper (to make beaks), googly eyes, feathers
Help the children to make an eagle puppet. They can cut out the beak in any shape or you can pre-cut them before the activity. Also, be sure to provide markers for the children to embellish their eagles!
Thank you to Kristi from West Deptford, NJ for the next two ideas!
Decorate shoe boxes as parade floats, add a string and march around the school. Add instruments and music if you like.
Finger paint camouflage like the soldiers jackets. Paint on large paper bags and cut into a vest.
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
What is Memorial Day?
Read a story about Memorial Day. Explain to the children what the day is for: to honor and remember those who died fighting for our country. Many children (more than you would think) either know or know of someone who is currently serving in the military right now.
This theme may bring up discussion about those deployed. Take this opportunity to write a group letter to the person or people the children know and make arrangements to send the letter to that military person.
Memorial Day Activities Theme ideas to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands and their math skills!
Patriotic Star Matching
Make or purchase star shapes with different patterns on them. The children can use these to match the patterns or to make patterns (such as solid star, striped star, polka-dot star, solid star, etc.).
You can also program these with numbers or letters for the children to match.
EXTENSION: If you make small, medium and large stars with patterns the children can sort, match and make patterns with an even wider variety of options!
Patriotic Door Hanger
Materials: Foam door hangers or foam to cut into a door hanger shape; star foam pieces, craft glue, foam letters U S and A
The children use the glue to place the letters U S A on the foam. They can then decorate with star foam pieces and stickers. The foam pieces with the paper on the backs are great for developing the muscles in their fingers. I've actually "started" each sticker by peeling a bit of a corner off so that they do not get frustrated easily.
Stripes and Stars
Materials Needed: Strips of red and white paper and a large piece of paper; glue sticks; squares of blue paper and star stickers.
This is an activity you can have out at your manipulatives center for the children to make throughout the day.
They should glue the stripes of paper in patterns.
They should try to place the star stickers in a row (just for practice!) and then glue their star square on their flags.
Place red, white and blue items in a jar (we've used plastic bingo chips). Have the children guess how many are in it without them taking them out. They can guess throughout the day.
At the end of the day, take them out and count them together!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Classroom's Memorial Day Activities Theme!
The children may want to tell stories about those they know in their families who have died in service or who are currently serving in the military. Write down their stories as they draw a picture of it.
Thank you letters and pictures
Just what it says! The children can draw pictures to thank our military. Make arrangements to send them to someone serving. There is most likely a family member of your preschooler or a friend of their family who is currently deployed in the military.
Ask parents about it so that you can personalize your preschool activity or lesson plans!
There are many other ways to celebrate Memorial Day. Do you have an activity you'd like to share? If so, Click Here to Contact Me! Send my your idea and please be sure to tell me it is for the Memorial Day Page.
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