Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday designated for remembering men and women who died serving in the military. The last Monday in May has been set aside since just after the Civil War, but it became an official federal holiday in 1971. The first celebrations of the holiday were called Decoration Day. Thousands of people assembled to put flowers and decorations on fallen soldiers' graves.
Visit Skip to My Lou for a printable Uncle Sam Hat pattern, perfect for this weekend or any of the upcoming patriotic holidays (Flag Day is June 14, Independence Day is July 4, Constitution Day is September 17). Just print the free pattern, and students can easily assemble their own personal American flag top hat.
Then try your hand at Skip to My Lou's Patriotic Pinwheel. Printable patterns come in small, medium and large.
When all the crafting is done, read Patricia Polacco's book Pink and Say to learn about the difficulties endured by soldiers in the U.S. Civil War.
Craft images from Skip to My Lou.