Veteran’s Day and Children

11 Nov Veteran’s Day and Children

Veteran’s Day dates back to the end of World War I (November 11, 1918). Many people confuse Veteran’s Day with Memorial Day.  Memorial day is for any service person that lost their life.  Veteran’s Day is any service person who previously served.

How can we teach children more about this Observed Day of Recognition?

1. Give Thanks: this is my favorite.  Any opportunity for us to teach children to give thanks to anyone is an awesome opportunity.  But to give thanks to our Veteran’s for serving our country each year can have a remarkable impact on building the foundation of their appreciation. Just a simple card of “Thank you for your service” is perfect.  They can color, paint, or add collage material on it.

2.  Donate: There are so many opportunities to donate to Veteran organizations.  You can also make it an educational experience by helping them research the right organization that your child feels they should donate to.  Have them do a few chores to earn the money they are donating.  This is empowering. The WoundedWarriorProject.org helps both the Veteran as well as the families of Veterans. DAV.org is also a great organization where children can donate a few of their toys or things around the house and the organization will come pick it up on your doorstep.

3.  Teach them Veteran’s aren’t necessarily Grandparents or “old people.”  Many children have Moms and Dads that are Veterans.  Veterans are anyone who have formally served our Country. Veteran’s day is a very abstract concept for young children, but is pretty likely that if you sit down as a family, you may find one or two people in your life that are Veteran’s. Maybe they have a good buddy whose mom or dad served in the Military.

4.  Make a patriotic dessert with Red, White and Blue to teach them about our Flag. A fruit pizza is a great example of this.

Pat refrigerated sugar cookie dough into an ungreased 14-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until deep golden brown; cool.
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust. Arrange strawberries and blueberries on top.  Store in refrigerator.

5.  Make a care package for the Troops that are away serving. OperationGratitude.org is one organization that sets up care packages.  However you can also call your post office and ask them for the “military care kit.” Make sure you personalize your package.  Children really enjoy making things their own.

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