If you are looking for Veteran Day activities, this one will not disappoint! I used my We Love Our Veterans resource in my Kindergarten the past two years, and it’s one of my favorite November activities!
Veterans Day Activities
Before I introduce this writing and craft activity, we talk about what a Veteran is. We read stories and watch educational videos to build background knowledge. Once the kids have a better understanding, we discuss how we can thank a Veteran for his or her service. Then, I tell the students they will be creating their own thank you cards with a boy or girl solider holding an American flag thank you note.
Prepping Your Activity
Prepping this Veterans Day activity is as easy as 1, 2, 3…
- Print the boy and girl soldiers onto white card stock.
- Print the American Flags and writing templates onto white cardstock.
- Choose a paper color, and print your bulletin board lettering.
Putting Your Veterans Day Activities Together
When the students come in, I have them work on coloring the flag first. I model an example, place it under my document camera, and project it for them to see. I have them use markers for the flag.
While they are working on the flags, I pull kids over to my kidney table in 2 or 3 small groups (depending on how many kids you have) to work on the soldiers.
For the soldiers, have them color the face, hair, legs, and boots in crayon. You can then have them do the camouflage two ways – use watercolors (the quickest option if you’re short on time), or use a combination of crayons and watercolors. I did the second option. If you look at the photo, you can see two shades of green. To achieve this look, first have the kids color the small patches with green crayon. Next, you go over it with green watercolors. This creates a wash and makes the crayon color pop! It looks so awesome in person and the kids love doing it!
The Thank a Veteran Writing
While the soldiers are drying, the students cut out their heart flag. I give them the heart writing template that will go underneath. They trace the lettering, sign their names, and cut this heart out as well. Staple the two hearts together. You can have the kids put the entire craft together the following day once everything is dried!
The Bulletin Board
Finally, display your bulletin board “We Love Our Veterans” lettering. I mounted the soldiers onto red and blue 16 x 20 inch construction paper. Take a look at how it turned out…
Overall, I hope this post inspires you to have fun celebrating and teaching about Veterans Day in your classroom!
CLICK HERE to view this resource in my TPT Store. You may purchase it individually or as part of a Bulletin Board MEGA Bundle, which includes 30 seasonal sets of purposeful writing activities with custom crafts to match!