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Mother Goose Day

Hawaiian Lei Day

May Day


Space Day
Try This: ► Make a Cosmic Mobile
Try This: ► Sculpt a Planet
Try This: ► Eat Space Pudding


Weather Observers' Day
Try This: ► Make a Weathervane
Try This: ► Mud Puddles and Bubbles
Try This: ► Rainsticks
Try This: ► Weather Activities for Preschoolers


Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo ("The Fifth of May" in Spanish) is a national holiday in Mexico which is also widely celebrated in the United States. It commemorates the victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Source:

Celebrate this day by creating multicultural arts and crafts. [read more]

Children's Day (Japan)
Try This: ► Teaching Primary School Children about Japan through Art


Explorer Robert Peary's Birthday, 1856


Tchaikovsky's Birthday (1840)

Teacher Day


Victory Day in Europe, 1945

No Socks Day

Receptionists Day
Try This: ► Make a Crafty Gift

Red Cross Day

MAY 10

Child Care Provider Day
Try This: ► Visit KinderArt Littles for ECE ideas

Clean Up Your Room Day

MAY 11

Mother's Day
The Mother's Day holiday, celebrates motherhood generally and the contributions of mothers to society. It falls on the second Sunday of each May. It is the result of a campaign by Anna Marie Jarvis (1864-1948), who, following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905, devoted her life to establishing Mother's Day as a national, and later an international, holiday. Source: Wikipedia

Find lots of fun things to do to celebrate Mother's Day and find great gift ideas for mom too. [read more]

MAY 12

Limerick Day

Kite Day
Try This: ► Make a Kite
Try This: ► Paper Bag Kite

Ocean Day
Try This: ► Oceans/Under the Sea
Try This: ► Pie Plate Fish
Try This: ► Beach in a Bag
Try This: ► Paperclay Fish Ornaments

Nurse Day

MAY 13

Tulip Day

Astronomy Day
Try This: ► Planet Suncatchers
Try This: ► Sculpt a Planet
Try This: ► Cosmic Mobile

MAY 14

Dance Like a Chicken Day

The Lewis and Clark Expedition began on this day in 1804

MAY 15

Artist Jasper Johns' Birthday (1930)
Try This: ► Create Artistic Numbers!

Chocolate Chip Day
Try This: ► Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

MAY 16

Biographer's Day

MAY 17

Armed Forces Day

Amusement Ride Day
Try This: ► Make a mini amusement park

Bike to Work Day

Children and Police Day

MAY 18

Mount St. Helens Erupted on this day in 1980

International Museum Day
Try This: ► Visit a museum with your kids!

Visit Your Relatives Day

Circus Day
Try This: ► Clown Around Drawing Lesson

Neighbor Day

MAY 19

Victoria Day (Canada)
Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine) is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before or on May 24 in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign's birthday. While Victoria Day is often thought of as a purely Canadian event, it is also celebrated in some parts of Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh and Dundee, as well as in the Cayman Islands, where it is also a public holiday. Source: Wikipedia

MAY 21

Artist Henri Rousseau's Birthday (1844)
Try This: ► Make artwork in the style of Henri Rousseau

MAY 22

The first atlas was published on this day in 1570

MAY 23

World Turtle Day

Ben Franklin invented bifocals on this day in 1784

MAY 24

Brothers Day

The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883

MAY 25

Missing Children's Day
Try This: ► National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (external link)

Tap Dance Day

MAY 26

Memorial Day (USA)
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. Source: Wikipedia

Color the US Flag

MAY 27

The Golden Gate Bridge opened on this day in 1937

MAY 31

Poet Walt Whitman's Birthday
Try This: ► Poetry Pebbles
Try This: ► Magnetic Poetry

No Tobacco Day


MAY is...

Vocabulary Month

American Bike Month

Asparagus Month

Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
Try This: ► Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (external link)

Bar-B-Q Month

Better Speech and Hearing Month
Try This: ► American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (external link)

Egg Month
Try This: ► Paint an Egg!

Duckling Month
Try This: ► Duck and Duckling Coloring Page
Try This: ► Duck and Two Ducklings Coloring Page

Flower Month
Try This: ► Flower Power Art Lessons
Try This: ► Paper Batik Flowers
Try This: ►Magnificent Flowers
Try This: ► Vincent's Flowers
Try This: ► Mother's Day Flowers
Try This: ► Flowers Galore!
Try This: ► Spring Showers, Spring Flowers
Try This: ► Muffin Flowers
Try This: ► How do Flowers Grow?
Try This: ► Tissue Paper Carnations
Try This: ► Coffee Filter Flowers
Try This: ► Abstract Flowers
Try This: ► Van Gogh's Sunflowers Bulletin Board

Hamburger Month

Mental Health Month
Try This: ► National Mental Health Association (external link)

Photo Month

Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Salad Month

Strawberry Month
Try This: ► Strawberry Scented Paint

Older Americans Month

Social Science Month
Try This: ► Social Studies Lessons

Transportation Month
Try This: ► Transportation Activities

The 1st WEEK of MAY Is...

Postcard Week

The 2nd WEEK of MAY Is...

Pet Week
Try This: ► Pets in the Classroom
Try This: ► Take Care of Your Pets Coloring Page

Police Week

The Last WEEK of MAY Is...

Backyard Games Week


Kids Celebrate
by Maria Bonfanti Esche, Clare Bonfanti Braham
Skipping the typical green shamrocks and orange paper pumpkins, here are 100 days to remember with 200 related activities for children and grownups.

Kids Holiday Fun
by Penny Warner, Kathy Rogers
This year-round guide provides fresh new ideas, month by month, for holiday activities the whole family can enjoy together. Ideal for busy parents, the guide organizes every holiday clearly, with detailed "what-you-need" lists and time guidelines for each activity.

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May Daily Journal Writing Prompts

May Daily Journal Writing Prompts

Give young writers plenty of practice with Daily Journal Writing Prompts. These valuable resources include ready-to-use journal starters, along with special holiday topics for each month. Word banks are provided to help introduce seasonal vocabulary, and topical prompts give students plenty of writing practice throughout the month.

You might also be interested in:

Seasons Thematic Unit (available as a book or e-book)
Seasons Thematic Unit is based on the following pieces of literature: The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree, Something Is Going To Happen, My Spring Robin, When Summer Ends. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.

For All Seasons Sticker Book
Now you can have all the stickers you need for the whole year right at your fingertips! Hundreds of stickers for all occasions have been bound into a variety of cost-effective books for convenient use and easy storage. All stickers are self-adhesive. For All Seasons contains 1008 stickers.

Seasonal Centers: Spring/Summer (available as a book or e-book)
Ready-to-use reproducibles allow busy teachers to set up centers with very little prep time. Creative, hands-on activities motivate students to reinforce skills in all areas of the curriculum.