September holds one of the earliest fall holidays of all: Labor Day. This wonderful holiday is both a celebration of the contribution made by workers in this great nation, as well as a federal holiday that affords a day off of work and school.
So as Labor Day arrives this year, don’t just sit at home – here are five kid-approved Labor Day family activities that are a fun way to spend a day together and help out the community that you love.
1. Labor Day Volunteering
There’s no better way to teach your kids the importance of Labor Day than by volunteering in the community! This day is meant to give the workers of society a chance to rest, and by volunteering with your children you can help them show a sense of appreciation.
If you are looking for kid-friendly places to volunteer, try a local nursing home, children’s hospital, or even an animal shelter.
2. Make American Flags
Try this fun activity to show your pride for this great nation. All you need is some paper, colored pencils, and a ruler. Have your kids use a real American flag as their inspiration, and let them decide how to draw it themselves.
For some added fun, let them be creative with the flag – give them red, white, and blue colors, and have them use their imagination to create a flag of their own.
3. Chores for Allowance
Depending on the chore/allowance system in your household, this is a great way to teach your child the importance of work on this great holiday!
Set up a few small chores they can perform, depending on their age. This can be as simple as loading the dishwasher, cleaning their room, picking up toys, or even sweeping. Once they are finished, reward them with a small allowance, such as a dollar, a small treat, or even the prospect of a fun activity. They will feel pride in the completed work, and begin to understand the importance of a job well done.
4. Go to Work Together
Not everyone gets a day off of work on Labor Day – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still spend family time together!
If you are stuck in the office this Labor Day, bring your child into work with you to show them what you do each day. They can help you out with small tasks, and you can introduce them to all of your office mates. This is a great way for your child to understand where you go every day, and they will be amazed by the new world inside of your office.
5. Family Time Picnic
While Labor Day is a celebration of the workers in this country, it is also simply the perfect way to spend family time together. Show your love for one another this year by spending a day at the park, eating a delicious feast and engaging in family activities. Have your children pick out the snacks they want, and pick up a baseball or soccer ball as well (or even a Frisbee). Plan on spending the whole afternoon at the picnic table, and relax as you get to enjoy the day with the people that you love most in the world.
Labor Day is Coming Soon
Labor Day will be here shortly! So plan accordingly, and have fun with these five activities to enjoy your family time and teach your children about this great national holiday.