May Holidays to learn about, share a laugh, and have fun with your children 🙂
May 1- May Day : Make flower baskets and leave them on your neighbors porches, an oldie but a goodie. It’s also Save the Rhino Day: Rhino’s are being hunted into extinction. Be aware, support rhino conservation efforts. You could look on you-tube at some Rhino video, or head to the zoo, or the library and check out a book about rhino facts. http://www.thejunglestore.com/Rhinoceri
May 2- International Tuba Day: Tuba’s are awesome! Again you-tube is a great place to see some tuba playing action. There are also many interesting facts about tubas. Did you know they can weigh between 12-50 pounds?! It’s also Baby Day, take some extra time to snuggle your precious babies and dig out the baby photos. Kids love to see themselves as babies!!
May 3- Lumpy Rug Day: If you have an area rug, hide some rubber bugs or toys under making a “lumpy rug”. Children will love to try to figure out what is under there. And World Press Freedom Day created by the United Nations celebrating what journalists have sacrificed for freedom of press and expression. Read your kiddoes a non-fiction book of some sort today.
May 4- Star Wars Day: Because of the quote “May the force (fourth) be with you”. If your kids are old enough watch a Star Wars movie or build a Star Wars Lego set. It’s also Renewal Day, a day to start over. Remind yourself and your kids that mistakes are learning opportunities. We all need a do-over.
May 5- Cinco de Mayo: Celebrate Spanish or Mexican heritage or celebrate Oyster Day. You could make homemade tortillas and read a book about some amazing cultural heritage. To celebrate oyster day you could string some beads making a pearl necklace.
May 6- Teachers Appreciation Day. Have your child make a thank you card for their teacher!
May 7- School Nurses Day, again homemade kid cards are the best!
May 8- No Sock Day, Your kids will love this. No Socks Allowed! It’s also National Red Cross Day. There are many books that recognize their humanitarian and disaster relief efforts all over the world. Seriously awesome! Kids also love globes. Take a minute to address that some children are not as fortunate as we are.
May 9- Lost Sock Memorial Day. Again, your kids will think this is great. Maybe take all the single socks (if you keep them) and say a final goodbye. Turn them into hand puppets 😉
May 10- Clean Up Your Room Day. Woohoo! The kiddoes may not like this as much, but help them clean their room. They can help you clean yours too, if needed….
May 11- Mother’s Day, ah, celebrate all the mothers in your life! Grandmas, Mommy figures, etc. Cards and pictures are a great way to say I love you! Free print-ables
May 12- Limerick Day. Read some funny limericks. Maybe create one yourself. A five-line poem, where the 1st, 2nd,and 5th line all have between 7-10 syllables and rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 have between 5-7 syllables and also rhyme. So funny! Learn how here
May 13- Frog Jumping Day. So fun! Have frog races, hop like a frog around town (you kids especially) Look for frogs, read about frogs…if is frog related, do it! Most kids love frogs!!
May 14- Dance Like a Chicken Day. Oh, the Chicken Dance, a childhood favorite. Teach this dance to your children. It will be a great family laugh! Click here to learn the Chicken Dance!
May 15- National Chocolate Chip Day. This will be fun. Add choc chips to any and everything possible. Choc chip pancakes, peanut and choc chip sandwiches, make trail mix and add choc chips. It’s just one day and your kids will love the treats!
May 16- National Bike to Work Day, your kids aren’t going to work, but maybe bike to school or to the store or just around the neighborhood. And of course honor National Sea Monkey Day. It is always fun to buy the ‘grow your own creatures’ in water. They are pretty inexpensive and kids love these!
May 17-Armed Forces Day, say a thank you to all the men and woman who serve our country. If you have a family member who is or was in the service, maybe call and give them a special thanks!
May 18- International Museum Day & No Dirty Dishes Day. Go on a local field trip to the nearest museum. And maybe try to eat all finger food, using no dishes.
May 19- Boy’s Club Day, let’s call it Boys & Girl’s club day since it is to honor the importance of these groups in our community.
May 20- Pick Strawberries Day. Kids love to pick strawberries. If your area has them, find a field to go visit. If strawberries are not in your area. Maybe find another berry or fruit to pick. Kids love to pick berries!
May 21- National Memo Day. Kids love post-it notes. Have them write down what their tasks are for the day. Or play office 🙂
May 22- Buy a Musical Instrument Day, Dollar and discount stores have inexpensive instruments. Go instrument shopping and make a band. Also do some real instrument research online or in books. And if you play an instrument. Have a family concert!
May 23- Lucky Penny Day. Look for pennies on the ground and if anyone finds one be sure to yell, “you found a lucky penny”. You could also take a few pennies to a local fountain and have your kids throw them in making a wish.
May 24- National Escargot Day. talk to your kids about all the creatures that people eat that may seem strange to them. Kids love to hear about interesting things to eat!
May 25- National Missing Children’s Day, this one is important. Make sure you teach your children safety awareness. Create a ‘code word’ with your child that only safe people you know are privy to. Talk to your children about ‘stranger danger’. Click this link for tips
May 26- Memorial Day is a great day to see a parade and to remember loved ones who have passed away in any way that helps you feel comfort. Sally Ride Day honoring the first American woman to go into space. Building a cardboard box rocket is always fun! books by Sally Ride
May 27- Sun Screen Day. Talk to your children about the dangers of the sun and why sunscreen is important. Explain that we don’t just put it on them to torture them.
May 28- Amnesty International Day. Recognize the need to protect human rights around the world. Yes, we are all in this together. Discuss children in other parts of the world. There are organizations where you can adopt a third world country child on paper and feel connected to helping a less fortunate child.
May 29- Learn About Composting Day. Composting is really pretty cool and kids will love to make homemade dirt. Discuss landfill and ways to reduce waste. Easy do-it yourself project attached on building a composter
May 30- Water a Flower Day. Kids love to water. Get them out there watering all the plants. Again around here the dollar stores, and discount stores, even Targets dollar bins have kid watering cans. These are awesome!
May 31- World No Tobacco Day. discuss the dangers of smoking and tobacco use with your child. It’s very important to talk about this when kids are young. Before they make they hear about it from someone else, like a peer in school….How to talk to your kids about not smoking
Have Fun & Enjoy May!!