Print the "Dear Veterans" template - click here to download the google doc
Use a paper cutter to cut into 4 postcard sized letters
Punch two holes along the right side of the "Dear Veterans" side
Have the kids sign their names and their ages on the letter
On the blank side, have the kids sketch a flag with the rectangle in the upper left corner, and then the stripes.
Color the rectangle blue, and stripes red and white
We had stickers for them to apply to the rectangle
Thread the straw through the holes in order to complete the "Flag"
Beaded Saftey Pin How To:
Have the kids thread red, white and blue beads onto safety pins, and then pin to the front of the letter.
Mail or deliver to Veterans you know!
There were about 45 children who made these at our KWAV's group this week. We delivered them to the local VA Hospital today and it was pretty darn sweet. We had a group of preschoolers handing them out. They would smile at the Veterans in the cafeteria and hand them a flag with cute shy voices saying, "Thank you for your service to our country." The Veterans were so touched. It was such a simple thing to do and they were very touched.
[who can resist these brave soldiers?]
My two favorite moments:
1. My son handed his flag to an older Veteran who was wearing his marines hat proudly and the gentleman said, with tears in his eyes, "You just made my day. Thank you, son."
2. A group of fellas were sharing lunch and 2 of our preschool boys handed them all flags. They smiled at our boys and then saluted them. Then, they taught the boys how to salute. Precious.
It was a blessing to see these individuals feel appreciated. My son was beaming with pride and felt super happy that he made them happy.
Go bless someone this weekend.