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Mother Goose Day

May 1

 

Make Paper Plate Puppets of Mother Goose Characters

Draw characters from Mother Goose poems on paper plates. Cut a paper plate in half and staple or tape it to the back of the top half of the plate with the face on it. This creates a "pocket" for your hand so that you can operate the puppet. Older children can add construction paper, pipe cleaners and other decorator pieces to add hats, ears or other features to the puppets. Let the puppets read the rhymes.

 

The obvious way to celebrate Mother Goose Day is to read Mother Goose Rhymes. Let beginning readers read them to you. Maybe you can recite them from memory. (This works well when you are driving with kids in the car and you can't stop to read, but want to keep their attention.)

 

     Make a simple finger puppet of a Mother Goose character. Use scrap pieces of fake fur, felt, craft foam or construction paper. Glue a piece together to make the body so that it will fit over a finger. (If you use hot glue, it should be done by an adult.) Decorate with jiggle eyes, buttons, ribbons, pipe cleaners, felt shapes, pom poms or whatever it takes to make your Mother Goose character. When you are done, let the finger puppet read the rhymes.

 

Just a note about nursery rhymes: They weren't originally for children! They were a way of passing on gossip in the Elizabethan Court, without getting caught. In "Hey Diddle Diddle", the "dish" and "spoon" represented people in the court. "Ring around the rosy" isn't about children at all, but about the Black Death in Europe. The "Posy" was an herb that they hoped would work as a cure. "Ashes, we all fall down" says it all.  It's an interesting area to explore for grown-ups or teens.


 

Kite Day

May 12

 

Now we're talking fun! A kite can be something as simple as a plastic bag from the grocery store. Tie a string to the two handles, hold the string, run outside and the bag will fill with air. You can purchase a kite or design one of your own. We've had some marvelous ones over the years including some delightful Chinese designs like this dragon boat and a very long snake one. Enjoy one another's company while you get your kite off the ground and up where it can fly in the breeze.

For more kite ideas, click here.

 

Space Day

May 4

 

Build a Rocket and Launch it

What a great day to launch a rocket that you have made! You can build one using a kit from a hobby store. You can also make play rockets using empty cardboard tubes from paper towels and adding your own fins and a nosecone of cardboard. These don't really fly, but you can decorate them and toss them up in the air for some space day fun.

 

Another simple rocket can be made by taking an empty putting film container, filling it about half full of water and adding 1/2 of an Alka Seltzer® tablet. Place the lid on, but not tightly. Shake it. Place it on the ground and run away. Watch it shoot up in the air like a rocket. Adjust your rockets to the age and ability of children involved, keeping safety in mind at all times.


Use a Star Chart to View the Constellations at Night

 

 

Star Charts are available in science centers, museum stores, on-line, and at some of the better toy stores. You set it to the date and time and it will show you the stars in the sky overhead and help you identify the constellations.

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National Teacher's Day

May 9

 

National Childcare Providers' Day

May 11

 

Make a card for your teacher or childcare provider. Send a happy message via e-mail. Give your teacher or care-provider a small token of your appreciation on this special day to recognize the effort of educators. If you are looking for a teacher gift, you might just find one here:

TEACHER GIFTS.


May 18th is

National Rooster Day!

The Rooster's Feather

by Annie A. Petersen

and JR Kirby

Folktale with a lesson

USD $24.95

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A responsible adult should supervise any child or children taking part in any of the activities listed on this website in order to avoid potential dangers or injuries. Their are no activities for children that are completely safe. Children are experts at finding ways to get hurt that never occur to adults. All activities should be supervised. The author/publisher of this site does not assume any liability for damage caused by injury sustained by conducting any of the projects on this site. The adults who are working/playing with children are the only ones who are able to discern whether a specific situation is safe or appropriate for a specific child or children.


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The Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy

by Kas Winters

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Celebrate May Flowers

Make a Flower Puppet

(Idea from Linda Brittain, author of several puppet books.)

 

Start with a paper plate and a paper cup. Trace the top of the cup onto the center of the paper plate. Cut the circle shape, slightly smaller than the traced circle,  in the middle of the plate. Cut the plate so that is has petals all around. Color or paint the plate and the cup. Draw eyes on the plate above the cut-out circle. Cut the cup in half (vertically). Trace the shape of the half cup twice onto a piece of poster board or index card. Cut the shapes out and glue them to the cut edges of each of the two pieces of the cup. Hold the cup together (with the new pieces glued in place). Place the cup through the round hole in the center of the plate. Tape the cup in place. Use it as a flower puppet. Put your hand in the mouth, made of cups, to make your puppet talk.


MAY 17th is

National Pack Rat Day

(and even though it is meant for people who are packrats and save everything, it's a perfect day to read a story about a real pack rat!

The Legend of Dynamite George

The Mining Pack Rat

by Carroll Bennett

USD $19.95

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