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11 Labor Day activities for kids

Teach children the importance of the holiday through one (or two!) of these fun, creative Labor Day activities for kids.

11 Labor Day activities for kids

Kids generally like Labor Day because they’re off school. But do they know what they’re celebrating every first Monday in September? Labor Day is not just another holiday; it’s an opportunity to delve into some fun Labor Day activities for kids. Sure, we can explain how it’s the holiday dedicated to American workers, their contributions, and their achievements. However, there might be a better, more hands-on way to teach them about this important day.

To make Labor Day for kids memorable and educational, why not engage them in interactive games and crafts or a fun Labor Day activity? It’s easy to whip up your very own Labor Day for kids’ lessons. (Really!) Help children, tweens, and teens learn the importance of the holiday in super-fun ways with these ideas for Labor Day activities for kids.

1. Go on a Labor Day scavenger hunt

labor day activities for kids

Fact: Kids will never say “no” to a scavenger hunt. So why not create one that’s Labor Day-themed the weekend of? Whether you decide to have your kids make pitstops at local community buildings — the fire department, the police station, etc. — or find items that are red, white and blue, like this downloadable one from NaNa Printables on Etsy does, everyone is sure to have fun.

2. Read books about the holiday

labor day activities for kids
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Cuddling up with little ones and a book is always a good idea — and on Labor Day, why not make it thematic. If possible, head to the library a few days before to check out a few books on the holiday — and thank the librarians and other workers while you’re there. If it’s not too busy, encourage kids to ask them questions about their jobs.

Where to buy: Who Started the Labor Day Celebration?” ($13, Amazon)

3. Write thank-you letters

labor day activities for kids

Labor Day celebrates the labor movement and workers here in our great country. Even little ones can thank our nation’s hardest workers during this holiday weekend. Help your child write a thank-you card to a dedicated worker they admire and then deliver it by hand or by mail.

4. Host a “backyard Olympics”

For many families, Labor Day is tell-tale the sign that summer break is ending and school is starting back up. Why not make the most of your numbered days with by hosting a backyard Olympics day in your yard. Whether you invite other families or just keep it small with your own unit, it’s the perfect way to spend time together and talk about the holiday (because, as every parents knows, kids are much more likely to talk when they’re doing something. as opposed to sitting at the kitchen table!).

5. Deliver goodies with gratitude

Homemade muffins for a Labor Day celebration

Deliver a box, basket or tray of delicious goodies to workers in your community who don’t get the holiday weekend off. Order from a bakery or bake your own goods at home. Then deliver them to your local post office, fire station or police department.

6. Make footprint vehicles

Labor day footprint craft activity for kids
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Ask the kids to think of some of the vehicles our nation’s workers use to do their jobs. Whether they choose firetrucks, school busses, tractors, army tanks or police cars, turn this exercise into a fun activity using this Labor Day footprint craft idea from Craft + Boogie. Paint the bottom of your child’s foot with washable paint and help them make a footprint on a piece of paper. Give them markers, crayons and stickers to help them turn their footprint into their favorite worker vehicle. So cute!

7. Create a career mobile

Make a Labor Day jobs mobile
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A career mobile is a great way to teach kids about possible career options while also celebrating a variety of professions. Buy or make a hanging photo mobile, and have the kids add photos of American workers. Go through magazines, catalogs, brochures, newspapers and other publications and cut out photos of workers — from garbage collectors and business people to nurses and school teachers.

Ask the children to reflect upon what they want to be when they grow up — place their dream career in the center and hang other options off to the sides.

Where to buy: Copper Mobile Photo Clip ($14, Kikkerland)

8. Have a sing-a-long with friends

Make a Labor day playlist of your favorite music

Rally the kids and lead them in an epic American sing-along to celebrate our country and its amazing workers.

Make a playlist complete with songs like:

  • The National Anthem (of course).
  • “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer.
  • “Living in America” by James Brown.
  • “Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy.
  • “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton.
  • “Caught Up” by John Legend.
  • “9 to 5 (Morning Train)” by Sheena Easton.
  • “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles.
  • “Work Hard, Play Harder” by Gretchen Wilson.
  • “Work It” by Missy Elliott.

Be sure to have a portable or loud speaker on hand and print out lyrics for the children to follow along. Don’t be alarmed if the gathering turns into a full-fledged dance party!

9. Tie dye in red, white and blue

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Whether you tie dye before Labor Day (and, of course, don your creations the day of) or do it on the actual Monday, this red, white and blue tie dyeing craft from Jennifer Dillingham is a great Labor Day craft for kids, as well as the whole family.

10. Enjoy patriotic snacks

Make watermelon popsicles for your Labor Day barbecue

Creating delicious summer snacks with an American twist is a great way to boost your child’s patriotic pride and keep their tummies full. Make patriotic fruit skewers — use kebab skewers to stab through banana slices, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and watermelon. Dip the fruit skewers in a marshmallow cream for a special treat!

Another fun option is watermelon popsicles. Simply cut the fruit into small triangle slices and stick a popsicle stick through the rind. Serve them on blue napkins.

11. Organize a neighborhood gathering

labor day activities for kids

Your Labor Day block party plans can include:

  • Asking adults on the block to share with all the kids about the unique jobs they do for a living.
  • Decorating yards with balloons and streamers.
  • Enjoying a typical American BBQ foods like burgers and hot dogs.
  • Getting out the bikes, scooters and roller skates for kids’ play.
  • Having a donation jar on someone’s porch — donate proceeds to your preferred American foundation.

With these fun activities, kids can find a new meaning in Labor Day that doesn’t revolve around a day off and the official launch into a new school year.