Labor Day Fun

September 4, 2010 at 12:17 PM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

In preparation for the Labor Day weekend, I have been planning a few educational activities to share with you all.  Teaching your little ones can be fun way to incorporate family “learning” time!

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day is celebrated the 1st Monday in September in the United States and Canada.   It is a day the many workers in our nation either don’t work or they take the day off in honor of the day.  (To read more about the history of Labor Day go to Ask.com for an overview.)

How can I teach my children about Labor Day?

Keep it simple!!!  After reviewing the history at Ask.com, summarize for your child the purpose for the holiday.  Items to discuss can include:

  • When is Labor Day Celebrated?
  • Where did Labor Day originate?
  • What was the original purpose for Labor Day?
  • Who celebrates Labor Day?
  • Why do people celebrate Labor Day?
  • How ‘we’ can celebrate Labor Day.

After having this verbal discussion, I would highly recommend reading a few books to your children about Labor Day and extending their learning through a writing activity and maybe even a craft!

What to read?

There are many books at your local library and bookstores that cover this holiday well!  Two that I have enjoyed are:

Labor Day by: Carmen Bredeson and  Labor Day (Holidays and Festivals) by: Rebecca Rissman.

Maybe one evening, your family can host The Family Reading P.J. Party where you can read these Labor Day books to the family.  After they have been read, have a family discussion about each book. Ask such questions as:

  1. What did you learn after hearing more about Labor Day?
  2. Is there anything else that you are still wondering about this holiday?
  3. What can we do as a family to celebrate?

Labor Day by: Carmen Bredeson

Labor Day (Holidays and Festivals) by: Rebecca Rissman

We read the books…now what?

There are several activities that can be done to keep the Labor Day learning fun this weekend:

1. On Labor Day stationary, have your child write what Labor Day means to them.  Ask them to include such items as the questions mentioned in “What to read.”

2. Brainstorm a list of Labor Day related words.  Then, create a word search using those words and encourage your child to locate each word on their own.   (A great site to try is Puzzle Maker.)

3. Using that same list of words from #2, help your child locate these words in newspapers and magazines.  Use these words to create a collage.  What you will need: scissors, glue, construction paper, old newspapers and magazines.

4. Draw a comic strip of what your family will do to celebrate Labor Day.  Brainstorm the text to be included in the thought bubbles together and encourage your child to use their neatest handwriting!

I hope you all have a wonderful and SAFE Labor Day weekend with your family and friends!

Happy Learning!

© Jennifer Perez 9/4/10

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