Thursday, May 26, 2011

Celebrating Memorial Day in ECE Classrooms

I recently visited a couple of classrooms that had some fun things going on for Memorial Day. Our town is home to Fort Gordon, so we have a lot of military families in our program. It's important to acknowledge the holiday observances of our students' families. On the other hand, just last week, I attended a meeting where teachers were encourage to "keep it simple" when celebrating holidays that may be difficult for children to understand. Too much info about why Americans celebrate Memorial Day may be a little scary for the kids to think of their moms and dads in harm's way. I think these toddler classes found ways to include these celebrations into their play nicely!

This class transformed their dramatic play center into "Fort Oakbrook" (Oakbrook is our school name).  Notice the MRE's (meals ready to eat) on the bottom!

Another class transformed their class into a Memorial Day picnic. Parents loaned the use of uniforms for dress up. There were even dollar store medals for the kids to wear!

I visited earlier in the week and saw the children painting paper tubes with white paint. The next day, they added star stickers and curling ribbon with a mall piece of tape to the inside to make these very cute firecrackers! They added to the overall decoration of the center nicely.

One of my favorite posts, Fourth Of July Fence Weaving  by Centers and Circles  might be way to incorporate Memorial Day into outdoor play activities, as well.

Happy Memorial Day!


  1. Fun ideas, Ayn. Thanks for sharing.

    Did you see the chalk and stencils at Frugal Family Fun blog? They were creating stars on the sidewalks outside.

  2. Great post! I have you on my feedreader because I have an education blog (Naturally Educational) but I also have a weekly carnival for Military Mondays at Feel free to add this to the linky that goes up on Monday. And if you post at all about the unique needs of military kids, feel free to add links like that and/or I would love to have you guest post!

  3. wow...beautiful blog site i like it.This looks so delicious and satisfying,but i hope peoples are like it.Thanks .. ration MREs meals ready-to-eat , disaster food aid

  4. Thanks, Large Scale Catering! Lovely to have you visit!


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