Easy May Day Craft for Kids

Tomorrow is May Day--not a major holiday in the U.S., but one that you can still have a little fun with. In honor of May Day this year, I read a simple picture book and then created recycled flowers with my preschool age children:

We read the book On the Morn of Mayfest by Erica Silverman. This book starts with a young girl who is walking in her sleep. One by one animals and people get caught up following each other and before you know it there is a spontaneous May Day Parade. This is a silly and fun book that my children enjoyed.

For a craft we made recycled egg carton flowers. We got the inspiration for this craft here, though our flowers are much simpler kids' version of the original craft. This would also make a fun Earth Day or Mother's Day craft.

To make these flowers I first cut an old egg carton into individual sections. My kids painted or drew on the sections of egg carton with paint or crayons. When the paint dried, we cut slits in egg carton sections in different ways to make petals. Cutting through the egg carton was tough--so I did the cutting part for my younger children, though my 5-year-old cut his flowers out himself. We finished off by adding flower stems made from chenille stems with beads or buttons as the centers. I poked a small hole in the center of each flower and threaded the stems and beads/buttons onto each flower. My children chose the beads or buttons that they wanted to be the centers of their flowers. Each flower turned out different and fun!

Tomorrow, we also are going to celebrate by heading to one of the many botanic gardens in our area to enjoy looking at some beautiful spring flowers.

Another fun May Day tradition you could do with your children is anonymously leave baskets of fresh flowers or treats on the doorsteps of friends and neighbors. For more fun May Day activities, see my May Day Pinterest board and be sure to also check out the adorable May Day birthday party my sister shared last year!

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