Memorial Day Ideas for Parents

Print Friendly

Use these ideas to help parents as they seek to give their kids understanding of the importance of Memorial Day.

Don’t let Memorial Day pass by without helping your kids understand the importance of honoring others. Great ways to observe Memorial Day include:
• Visiting and tending the graves of loved ones.
• Visiting a museum or memorial dedicated to national heroes.
• Wearing a red poppy to honor those who died serving the country (for more information, go to
• Sharing stories about loved ones.
• Observing the National Moment of Remembrance (a moment of silence observed at 3 p.m. to honor our fallen heroes), a resolution passed in December 2000.
• Discussing what it means to be a hero.

Tracing Your Family Tree

Over Memorial Day weekend, trace your family’s roots by creating a family tree keepsake with your children. This is a wonderful way to help kids understand about the Memorial Day holiday, learn about their roots, and remember loved ones who’ve passed away.

For just $6.67 a month, your next 12 parent newsletters are done! Subscribe today and start getting the ease and professionalism of the Parenting Christian Kids newsletter for your families.

Cut out a brown construction paper tree trunk and three large green construction paper circles. Glue the trunk to a large sheet of paper. Then overlap the three large circles to make the leaves of the tree (see illustration). Cut out a red construction paper apple for each ancestor you add to the family tree.

Place an apple in the center of the tree with your first child’s name and birthday written on the apple. Directly below the first child’s apple, place any siblings’ apples with the same information. Branch out from the children with parents and grandparents. You can make the tree simple by adding only immediate relatives, such as parents and grandparents.

If you’d like to make the tree more detailed or continue the project, your family can research to find distant relatives, along with their country of origin or occupation. If you’d like more information on how to search your family’s ancestry, check out one of these Web sites:;; or

Related Post

Subscribe to Children's Ministry Magazine

About Author

Children's Ministry Magazine

Children's Ministry Magazine is the most read magazine for people who minister to children from birth through sixth grade. We're partnering with you to make Jesus irresistible to kids.

Leave A Reply