On Veterans Day, Americans thank and honour the men and women who serve and have served in the military. Veterans Day is observed on November 11th of each year and used to be called Armistice Day.
It’s an opportunity to teach children to thank those who have protected our freedoms and remind them of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. Children learn, through activities, discussions, and by listening to books or watching DVDs, to respect the military and the brave men and women who are part of it.
Find Veterans Day activities such as bookmarks, vocabulary, marching fun, links for teachers and parents, and books. If you are Canadian, check out the Remembrance Day page…
Veterans Day Bookmarks
Give each student a Veterans Day bookmark to color to help them remember to honor those who have served in the military. Photocopy enough sheets of bookmarks on to lightweight card for all students. Cut down the dotted lines, distribute to students for coloring.
As children color talk to them about the meaning of Veterans Day.
Introduce Veterans Day Vocabulary
Introduce vocabulary with Veterans Day children’s stories (see below for ideas)…
Quick Veterans Day Marching Fun
For a quick and easy Veterans Day activity, purchase red, white, and blue flagging tape. Cut into 2 foot lengths and tie about 6 lengths of all three colors together on one end. Give one to each student.
Play marching music and let children march and twirl their “ribbons”. Twirl high, low, make circles, twirl over heads, etc.
Apple Stamp Poppy Art
Veterans Day Books for Younger Children
Shopping from Canada?
Go to Amazon.ca to find the books above.