Labor Day is a great way to teach children about work and the different kinds of jobs they can have when they grow up. Here are some fun ways to helps kids celebrate the day.
Labor Day Activity for Children
Labor Day began in 1882 as a way to pay tribute to all hardworking Americans. Even at a young age, most children have some kind of an idea of what they would like to be when they grow up. Have each child bring in a picture of a person that reflects what they hope to do when they grow up.
On a poster board, let each child glue his or her picture on to make a collage. Have them fill in the blank areas with crayons or stickers. Let this class poster act as an inspiration to have kids do well in school so when they grow up, they can realize their dream of becoming whatever they want to be.
Labor Day Craft
Peter J. McGuire is the man who began Labor Day. He was the head of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Consider a craft that would honor this holiday founder. How about a key holder that would not only work as a child’s craft, but can be used as a gift for the parents?
A small wooden plaque is needed for each child. Some department stores have these in their craft section or otherwise they can be found at a craft store. Let each child paint a plaque. Younger children might enjoy finger painting while older kids may want to get a little more detailed. Besides paint, kids in higher grades may also like to include some glitter in their piece of art.
Once dry, have an adult attach a hook that will hold a set of car keys. Place an adhesive picture frame holder on the back and the kids are all set to give their parents a Labor Day gift.
Labor Day Songs for Kids
Music is always a great way to help kids celebrate a holiday. Disney has a few songs that are perfect for this holiday. There’s “Whistle While you Work,” and “Heigh Ho,” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, along with “Happy Working Song,” from Enchanted. A classic working song is “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”
Labor Day is a way to honor all hardworking Americans who spend countless hours throughout their lives providing for their families. This holiday is great for kids to start exploring their futures and think about what they might like to be when they grow up. With music and fun things to do, kids can have a great time celebrating this holiday.