32 Memorial Day Activities for Kids
Memorial Day takes place annually on the last Monday of May. Many children associate it with a three-day weekend, but it's important to teach them the true meaning of the federal holiday: observing members of the military who have died in the line of duty.
Looking for ways to help your kids honor our country and fallen soldiers? Check out these 32 Memorial Day activities for kids, including decorations, crafts, recipes, songs, poems, patriotic outfit ideas, and more.
Make Memorial Day Decorations
Whether you're having a Memorial Day party or celebrating with immediate family, some festive decorations can add some pizazz to your place. Check out these instructions for wind socks, vases, banners, placemats, stars, and a wreath!
Test Out Memorial Day Recipes
Many families have backyard barbecues on Memorial Day weekend. Spruce up the menu with these delicious treats, including fruit pops, smash burgers, and whoopie pies.
All-American Crispy Cake
Festive Fruit Pops
Diner Smash Burgers With Special Sauce
Patriotic Whoopie Pies
Sing Memorial Day Songs
If your child gets excited about Christmas jingles, they might love singing some festive patriotic tunes as well. Here are some of our favorites songs for Memorial Day.
- “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates
- "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie
- “50 Nifty United States” by Ray Charles
- "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen
- “You’re a Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan
- "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood
- "America To Me" by Jack Hartmann
- "Oh! Susanna" by Stephen Foster
- "Yankee Doodle"
Go All Out with Your Memorial Day Outfit
Show off your patriotic spirit by dressing in a festive Memorial Day outfit. These options are simple to DIY with a few basic materials you might have around the house already.
Have a Memorial Day Crafternoon
A three-day weekend is the perfect excuse to get creative! Kids of all ages will love these Memorial Day crafts, including a beach towel, painted shells, wands, and origami boats.
Write Your Own Memorial Day Poems
If you're looking for a unique way to teach your kids about Memorial Day, try using the art of poetry. Start by reading the poems below, which talk about our country and its fallen soldiers. Then give your kid a pencil and encourage them to write their own Memorial Day poem.
"Proud" by Lenore Hetrick
If I carry a flag and march with the band,
And if I stand very tall,
I hope I show that I'm proud of our soldiers
And proud of the flag and all.
"On This Memorial Day" by Emily Toma
Remember those who served before.
Remember those who are no more.
Remember those who serve today.
Remember them as we eat and play.
Remember our protectors-who are not home today.
Remember them all on Memorial Day.
Excerpt from "Somewhere Out There" by Dr. Bill McDonald
Freedom has a high cost.
Lives given, the ultimate loss.
That cost they willingly give
So freedom can continue to live.
"Dip the Colors" by Lenore Hetrick
We dip the colors in honor today
Of the soldiers who said goodbye,
And marched away to defend their land
Beneath a foreign sky.
We dip the colors to those who struggled
Under a native sun,
And did not cease the strive of warfare
Until the battle was won.
To all the soldiers who sleep today,
Who rest beneath the sod,
We dip the colors and say a prayer,
And leave them to their God.