Each year on the last Monday in May, we celebrate Memorial Day (a day to remember all the soldiers who have fought and died for the United States of America!) Young children may have fears associated with death and dying (especially if the subject has not been discussed at home). Keep the discussions about Memorial Day light and offer a celebration of the soldiers who have fought for us to live in a country that has freedoms (personal choices).
Have the children create fruit flags on napkins for a special snack. Prior to snack time, wash the blueberries/strawberries and cut the strawberries into slices. Set out miniature marshmallows along with the fruit. Let the children use the fruit and marshmallows to create a “flag” on their napkins (it may be helpful to make a flag snack for the children to have a “visual” or post of picture of the U.S. Flag). Serve the flag snack with a cheese stick for a fun “Patriotic” treat!
Stars Patterning –Stars Patterning
Materials needed: One stars patterning file (linked above) for each child and red/blue crayons or markers (if desired, the children can use white crayons for the white stars in the pattern or leave the paper as is.)
Print the stars patterning page for each of your children. Have the children complete the patterns by coloring the LAST star in each row either red, white, or blue.
Extension: Have the children use foil stars to create their own patterns. Make a pattern for younger children and see if they can copy or extend the star pattern. Older children can use the foil stars to create more difficult patterns.
For a free printable flag template see other Patriotic Activities for Kids! Have the children use white paint or white crayons and foil stars to create their own U.S Flags.
The Summertime Thematic Unit at The Preschool Toolbox contains: a complete PATRIOTIC UNIT, Beach Unit, Bubbles Unit, and General Summer Unit. There are 4- themes-in-one for a summer filled with learning and play!