6 Creative Kids Activities to Celebrate Labor Day
This year in particular, Labor Day is a moment for all of us to reflect on the many contributions of essential workers to our communities. Here are some fun activities to try and creative games to play with your kids that honor the meaning of Labor Day.
Thank You Letters:
Ask your child to write thank you letters to a few dedicated workers of their choosing. They might decide to write to the mailman, a fast-food worker, a teacher, or the housekeeper. Encourage your child to decorate their note with creative drawings. If your child isn’t writing just yet, they can color in this thank you artwork instead!
A Bag of Goodies:
Another way to celebrate Labor Day with your child is by preparing goodie bags for your favorite workers. Put a bottle of water, a granola bar, and a hand sanitizer in each bag. You can even bake some treats with your child’s help to include in each gift.
In this activity, kids will draw their favorite work vehicles using their feet! First, apply paint to the bottom of your child’s foot and have them step on blank paper. Then, give them markers or crayons to turn their footprint into a mail truck, a fire truck, a garbage truck, or a bus. Transforming the print can be challenging, but that’s what makes this activity so much fun!
Introduce your child to the many types of jobs in the world by looking at images of different workers in newspapers and magazines together. Your child can then cut out the images to make a collage. Once that’s done, they could reflect on what profession they would like to have in the future.
The Right Tool for the Job:
Ask your child to draw the tools involved in certain professions. For instance, a mic (for a singer), a stethoscope (for a doctor), or a palette (for a painter). If your child is having difficulty drawing these items, they could use Osmo’s iPad drawing game Masterpiece!
Here’s a worksheet for your child to learn about the specific tools different workers use:
Once you’ve explored a range of professions, print a list of jumbled job titles for your child to unscramble. Here’s one list you can use — feel free to add professions to it!
(Answer key: 1) Plumber, 2) Artist, 3) Doctor, 4) Lawyer, 5) Mailman, 6) Teacher, 7) Scientist, 8) President, 9) Waiter, 10) Musician)