Labor Day weekend hovers over our heads, smirking around the corner at us and playing peek-a-boo. The school bell will ring, the work whistles blow and everyone cheers for a three day weekend, “Hooray for Labor Day!”
As you and your family celebrate, let these resources help you celebrate the day with your little ones:
- Labor Day Resources from Teacher Vision
- Free Labor Day Party Games from Party Supplies Hut
- Labor Day Lesson Plans and Activities (K-12) from Teacher Corner.net
- Labor Day Crafts, Activities & Worksheets from Enchanted Learning
And also, The History of Labor Day from the US Dept. of Labor – now you can answer the question, “Mommy, what is Labor Day?”
To celebrate the holiday with a Christ-centered focus, this excerpt from our Holiday Celebrations Ideas was written by my IRL friend, Katie @ Boasting in My Weakness for a project we worked on together a couple of years ago.
• History/Description: Celebrated on the first Monday of September. Began in 1882 to create a day off for the working man. It is still celebrated today mainly as a day of rest, and often is thought of as the end of summer.
• Websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day,
• Related Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:58;Colossians 3:23; Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 84:5; Isaiah 40:31; Philippians 4:13
• Books: Kids on Strike!, By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti
• Celebration Ideas:
1. Take time to thank those who work so hard every day to provide for you (parent, spouse, etc) Spend time thanking the Lord for providing you (or spouse or parent) with a job, the provision of work and money. Share verses about work: Gen. 1: ;Deut. 32:4; Psalm 19:1; Neh. 4:6; Hag. 2:4; John 9:4; 1Cor. 3:9; 2Tim. 2:15, along with the verses listed above.
2. Have a family research project on your family’s work history. Make it a game among children to see who can gather the most information, or have them work together to compile information as a team.
• Interview older family members to find out what jobs/skills different family members in your family tree had.
• Make a “famous” “infamous” list for the different jobs people had in your family.
• Take note of when times in history changed what careers your family members had.
• Make a list of what the kids think they might do as a career when they get older.
• List career fields that exist today, but didn’t exist 2 generations ago.
• Thank God for the provision of work for your family, and pray for direction on where He would have the children work when they get older. Talk with them about how God has already planned what they will do when they get older and encourage them to seek His direction in that.
Have a blessed Labor Day weekend with your families – go forth and enjoy!