Labor Day games for kids with American history lesson plans

Looking for Labor Day party games and crafts for kids? Here are U.S. history activities and educational patriotic party games. Use these for Memorial Day, 4th of July parties and American history lesson plans, too. Don't make games too competitive so everyone can have fun without pressure to win.

Labor Day Scavenger Hunt: List 20 American themed symbols: flag, scroll for Declaration of Independence, statue of Liberty, elephant, donkey, bald eagle, bell, stars, globe, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, star stickers. Collect items that represent American products: wheat, corn, cars, cattle, fruit. Collect logos of American companies. List 50 items to symbolize each of the fifty states. Put one of each symbol per child in a zippered bag. Hide them around the yard. Give each player a list and a plastic bag. As child finds each, he takes one and puts in his bag. Or put a piece of paper near each for him to sign his name as he finds the item. You could also do this with occupations, using symbols for jobs. 

Red, White and Blue Rover. Give each player a job title and divide players in two groups. Each group links hands and takes turns calling for one person from the other side to try to break through the chain. For example: "Red Rover, Red Rover, let the postal worker come over." For Memorial Day or 4th of July, give each player the name of one of the 13 colonies: Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North and South Carolina, New York, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey. New Hampshire and Maryland. For Veterans Day, use various armed services or military titles. 

Labor Day eraser tag. Divide into two teams. Assign a kid on each team job titles: two teachers, factory workers, etc. Kids place one of their shoes in the center of the circle. When their job is called, both children with title rush to grab their shoes and return to their lines without the other tagging. Award points like this: two points for getting your shoe back home without getting tagged. Three points if you get your opponent's shoe. One point if you tag your opponent before she's safe behind the line. 10 points if you get both shoes. Lose 5 points if you grab the wrong shoe!  For Memorial Day or Veterans Day, make two sets of signs with the six branches of the United States armed services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.

Labor Day charades. Write job titles on slips of paper and give to players. Choose active jobs like cashier, server, farmer. Each acts out the work performed. Students works in teams to act out and guess what job is being enacted.For 4th of July or Memorial Day, use names of famous Americans, events, movies, books in history. 


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Free printable Valentines Day games, valentine crafts, puzzles, activities

Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, usually means a party, candy and cards for
children, So how about some free printable Valentine's Day 
coloring pages, cut and
paste, games, lessons, puzzles and
activities? Here are some websites to check out for free Valentine's Day 
printables. Use in school or homeschool. Tie in with your
regular curriculum.
Teaching
Heart is a one stop site in itself. You'll 
free printable Valentine puzzles, games, crypto-grams, candy heart spelling
pages, valentine grammar, valentine counting, math, sorting, matching,
concentration and bingo, valentine lined writing paper, comprehension,
printable booklets, file folder games, puzzles connect-the-dots and so much
more. Teaching Heart is always adding more as well, so be sure to explore this
link.
Coloring Book Fun is a comprehensive source of coloring pages
indexed and cross-referenced for ease of use. There are 100s of links for
coloring pages on favorite characters like Hello Kitty, Scooby Doo, and lots
more. Just about any character that your students or children may like is
listed here. There are links to just about any holiday or event that you might
want in a separate list as well. There is no site fee and most of the pages
appear directly from their icons without the use of Adobe or PDF. We explored
this link recently when our youngest was home for a week with bronchitis.
Disney Family has gobs of free valentine printables.
this website features really nice images of the
crafts and well-detailed instructions. Look for free
prinable Disney character crafts: Frozen, Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Toy
Story, Pixar--print crafts of all your favorites. You'll love the
learning-themed Valentine's Day activities as much as the cute crafts.


Check
out these links for all your valentine fun and learning!

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