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May Arts & Crafts and Special Days

May Arts & Crafts and Special Days
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Seasonal arts, crafts, activities, ideas and more for the month of May.


Mother Goose Day

Hawaiian Lei Day

May Day

School Principals’ Day


School Bus Drivers Day


Two Different Coloured Shoes Day
Try This: ► Painted Shoes

Garden Meditation Day


Bird Day

Try This: Birds Coloring Page
Try This:Painting Birdhouses
Try This: ► Bird Weaving
Try This: ► Giant Stuffed Birds
Try This: ► Gardens & Birds Fun Pack – product link

Star Wars Day

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

Firefighters Day
Try This: ► C
hange Smoke Detectors Coloring Page

Weather Observers’ Day
Try This: ► Make a Weathervane
Try This: ► Rainsticks

Space Day (First Friday in May)
Try This: ► Space Costume Coloring Page
Try This: ► Paper Mache Planets
Try This: ► Cosmic Mobiles


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.

Children’s Day (Japan)
Try This: ► Japanese Wind Sock
Try This: ► Japanese Hand Fan

Cartoonists Day

Join Hands Day (First Saturday of May)
Try This: ► Hands that Touch the Heart


Explorer Robert Peary’s Birthday, 1856

National Nurses Day


Tchaikovsky’s Birthday (1840)


Victory Day in Europe, 1945

No Socks Day

Iris Day

Receptionists Day
Try This: ► Make a Crafty Gift

Red Cross Day

Teacher Appreciation Day (USA)

MAY 10

Child Care Provider Day

Clean Up Your Room Day

MAY 11

Eat What I Want Day

MAY 12

Windmill Day (second Saturday of May)

Limerick Day

Kite Day
Try This: ► Paper Bag Kite

Ocean Day
Try This: ► Pie Plate Fish
Try This: ► Paperclay Fish Ornaments
Try This: ► Ocean Themed Wreaths
Try This: ► Ocean Drum
Try This: ► Crayon Resist Fish

MAY 13

Tulip Day

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

Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May)
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.

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

Ramadan (begins at sundown)

MAY 16

Biographer’s Day

Love a Tree Day
Try This: ► Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life
Try This: ► Draw Trees in Perspective
Try This: ► Salt and Watercolor Trees

Wear Purple for Peace Day

Try This: ► Harold and the Purple Crayon

MAY 17

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

Visit Your Relatives Day

Circus Day
Try This: ► Clown Around Drawing Lesson

Neighbor Day

MAY 19

Armed Forces Day

MAY 20

Pick Strawberries Day
Try This: ► Woven Strawberry Basket

MAY 21

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

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 22

Buy a Musical Instrument Day
Try This: Make Musical Instruments

The first atlas was published on this day in 1570

MAY 23

Lucky Penny Day

World Turtle Day
Try This: ►Complementary Color Turtles

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 27

The Golden Gate Bridge opened on this day in 1937

MAY 28

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

National Hamburger Day
Try This: ► Make Paper Hamburgers

MAY 29

Learn About Composting Day
Try This: ► Earth Day Activities

MAY 30

Water a Flower Day
Try This: ► 6 Ways to Make Flowers

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: ► Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

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: ► Vincent’s Flowers
Try This: ► Flowers Galore!
Try This: ► Spring Showers, Spring Flowers
Try This: ► Muffin Flowers
Try This: ► Tissue Paper Carnations
Try This: ► Coffee Filter 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

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

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