The first Monday in September is almost upon us which means that Labor Day is here again. Apart from the wonderful part about Labor Day always making it a long and relaxing weekend (yay!), we make it a point to do some fun activities with the kids every year, to get them into the spirit of the occasion. This year has been especially hectic and so no big plans are on the cards (as yet). But I got down to reading what we could do at home and came up on some pretty interesting DIY stuff. Here you go.
“Police Cap” by SOlvera is licensed under CC by 2.0
Hat Crafts: Crafting hats out of construction paper or old cardboard pieces is something we’ve been doing since time immemorial. Back in our childhood days, I remember the birthday parties that were organized at our house always had such hats made by us – thick paper rolled into a cone, stapled or glued onto the ends and covered in glitter or wrapping paper. Labor Day can be a good occasion to introduce fun, hat-making crafts for your kids. There are a number of hats that fit the bill – a nurse’s cap with white construction paper and a red cross at the front, a policeman’s hat in blue and a yellow badge on the front or if you are up to a little bit of extra effort, the best idea of all could be a tall chef’s hat made out of white paper (watch a simple tutorial here). It’ll be fun to have the kids (and parents too!) strutting around the house in their favorite colorful caps and hats!
“Piggy Bank” by relsi is licensed under CC by 2.0
DIY Piggy Bank: Since Labor Day is all about work and the efforts people put in, it can be a very good opportunity to introduce your little ones to the concept of money and saving practices. Constructing a simple DIY piggy bank fashioned like an ATM machine for them could be a good beginning. All you need is some cardboard, a couple of discarded toilet paper rolls, a pen knife (ensure you keep it out of the reach of young kids) and a sketch pen along with glue. Use this tutorial to mark out the lines on the cardboard which need to be cut and folded (the tutorial may seem pretty elaborate to do at first glance but if you follow the steps and go along, it’s actually quite simple and does not take more than an hour altogether). The only prerequisite is that the cardboard needs to be thick and of good quality so that the end product is sturdy. Not enough time on your hands? No worries – take hold of an empty coffee can with a lid, cut an adequately sized slit on its top and cover up the outsides with brightly colored paper. Your kid’s piggy bank is ready to be clanking with money in the coming months (depends on you and the pocket money you wish to afford too, of course)!
You could perhaps begin with this cute musical Labor Day video to set the tone for the day followed by a look at these Labor Day resources for kids for more interesting ideas for activities to be done at home..
How do you plan to celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend?