25 Labor Day Activities for Homeschool

Homeschool Labor Day Activities

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I love a good homeschool holiday study lesson or activity, don’t you?

Labor Day is approaching and this year I decided to do a little more than the long weekend barbecue thing. I mean, what is this holiday all about after all?

History of Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor American workers.

According to History.com, Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland. The holiday came about because during this time many people, including children, worked long, hard days in factories seven days each week. Not only that, the working conditions were often considered extremely unsafe. The workers then began to protest and strike against those conditions.

On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

It was later made an official holiday “to repair ties with American workers.”

Labor Day Activity Ideas and Labor Day Arts and Crafts

Whether you’re looking for homeschool Labor Day activity ideas, Labor Day arts and crafts, Labor Day lesson plans or printables, or maybe some good old patriotic crafts or outdoor activities, then there’s something for you on this list!


  1. Learn more about the history of Labor Day in this printable from TeacherVision.com
  2. Understand the history of child labor in this lesson plan from TeacherVision.com
  3. Do Labor Day activity sheet from Teachers Pay Teachers
  4. Hold a lemonade stand and practice business skills
  5. Get a Labor Day writing activity from Teachers Pay Teachers
  6. Have fun with a Labor Day word search from Teachers Pay Teachers
  7. Do a Labor Day internet scavenger hunt from Education World
  8. Group homeschool project: create your own business from Education World
  9. Grab Labor Day lesson plans and resources from NEA
  10. Get a “Work for the Lord” lesson plan
  11. Get Labor Day lesson plans and resources from Lesson Plan Pages
  12. Download Labor Day lesson plans on unions from PBS
  13. Have fun with career thank you cards, hats, and puzzles from Education.com (good for younger ages)
  14. Learn more about careers from this extensive list on Career Kids
  15. Draw (or download) a paper doll and then dress him/her in different career uniforms like: mail carrier, artist, scientist, chef, architect, police officer, airline pilot
  16. Download and color this book of community workers where you can brainstorm on their different jobs
  17. Make a craft stick flag
  18. Create fireworks in a jar
  19. Download coloring sheets of community helpers
  20. Make a Five Little Fire Fighters painting
  21. Make an easy (but super cool) flag wreath for your front door
  22. Create marble fireworks
  23. Play outdoor games
  24. Make some patriotic popcorn
  25. Create lawn Twister using this awesome spray chalk

Labor Day Children’s Books

Jobs People Do (AFFILIATE) Jobs People Do (AFFILIATE) A Day in the Life of a Teacher (AFFILIATE)

Whose Hat Is This? (AFFILIATE) Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do (AFFILIATE) When I Grow Up (AFFILIATE) When I Grow Up (AFFILIATE)

NOW AVAILABLE: It's Homeschooling, Not Solitary Confinement (AFFILIATE)


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