Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May. The purpose of the day is to pay tribute to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Students can create crafts that symbolize a specific branch of the Armed Forces or special gifts to give someone as a thank you for serving the United States.
Military Dog Tags
Cut out the shape of a dog tag from a piece of cardboard. Paint the dog tag silver. Using a fine-point permanent marker, write the child's name and a division of the Armed Forces on the dog tag. Using a hole punch, punch a hole near the top of the tag and thread it onto a piece of yarn or a ball-chain necklace.
Armed Forces Photo Frame
Purchase a plain, light-colored photo frame. Paint the frame in colors that represent a specific branch of the military, such as black and gold for the U.S. Army or navy blue and gold for the U.S. Navy. Write the name of the branch on the bottom of the frame. Place a picture of a family member serving in the military or a handwritten poem honoring a military member in the frame and present it as a gift.
Armed Forces Day Cards
Send a card to a member of the United States military thanking him for his service on Armed Forces Day. Decorate the front of the card with emblems or insignia from the specific branch of the military. Younger children can draw a portrait of the military member on the front of the card.
Cut out three stars one red, one white and one blue. Make each star slightly larger than the next. Glue the stars on top of each other. Glue a penny in the middle of the stars. Punch a hole in the top of the stars and thread a piece of yarn through it. Tie the yarn in a knot and wear the new patriotic pendant for Armed Forces Day.
Medals of Honor
Cut out circles approximately two inches in diameter from a sheet of cardboard. Paint the circles gold using craft paint. Write achievements on the medals such as "valor in battle" or "medal of honor" using a silver or black permanent marker. Punch a hole in the top of the medal and thread it with a thick ribbon so the medals can be worn around the neck.
Stacy Zeiger began writing in 2000 for "Suburban News Publication" in Ohio and has expanded to teaching writing as an eighth grade English teacher. Zeiger completed creative writing course work at Miami University and holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary education from Ohio State.