May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Ideas with Grandchildren

I would like to offer some ideas on how grandparents can be more involved with their grandchildren on Memorial Day.

About Memorial Day: Memorial Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States of America to honor those who have given their lives in service to their country. (Other countries also have a memorial day.) Many Americans also honor their ancestors, family, or friends on Memorial Day. Some people also honor veterans that are still living, which I think is cool, although Veterans Day is set apart for honoring all veterans.

Teach your family and grandchildren the significance of Memorial Day. Enjoy time with them. Here are some ideas:

  • Talk to your grandchildren about the meaning and importance of the holiday.
  • Write a letter to them or share a journal entry.
  • Show your respect and appreciation through your example.
  • Go with your grandchildren and family to decorate a grave of a soldier of ancestor.
  • Together, thank a living veteran in person or by letter or email.
  • Attend a parade, concert, or festival. Visit a national cemetery or monument.
  • If you can’t be with your grandkids in person, have a live video chat with them. (See my post “How to Video Chat with Your Grandkids”)

Here are a few websites that offer free Memorial Day activities and craft ideas for children:

Enjoy this Memorial Day with your grandchildren!

– Grandpa Shayne

We’d like to hear from you. Please comment below to tell us how you like to celebrate Memorial Day with your grandkids.

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Comments on Memorial Day Ideas with Grandchildren

June 2, 2010

Kaye Swain @ 1:06 pm

Hi Shayne, Great ideas for sharing this special holiday with your grandkids. Thanks, too, for including ideas for grandparents to stay in touch and close to grandchildren when living far away. That’s always such a blessing to me since half of mine do live far away! :) Have a wonderful and blessed summer with all of yours. :) :) :)

November 10, 2010

Howland @ 4:32 am

I like the three websites you listed. I wanted to say that, even though is created for teachers, it is a great resource for parents and grandparent too.

June 2, 2011

Ann Jones @ 1:13 am

I think we have to teach our grandchildren how much Memorial Day is important to them and how the American’s honor their lives to the country.

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