Using themes helps you plan a variety of activities, games and crafts. The month of May offers some natural options for themes. Use the themes to plan activities at home for your kids. The themes also work well for a preschool classroom.
Take a cue from the old say, “April showers bring May flowers.” It’s a natural choice to focus on flowers and plants in general since May is the prime time for those plants to grow. Plan craft activities, such as tissue paper flowers or collages made with flower seeds. You can find many flower crafts for kids of all ages.
Add a little flower science to the mix. Growing flowers is an easy option. Let each child plant her own pot of flower seeds. The kids learn how to take care of flowers and get to watch the growth process. Another flower experiment is food coloring in the water. Use white carnations and tint the water. Watch as the color spreads through the flower petals.
Since Mother’s Day falls in May, the holiday is another theme option for kids’ activities. You can make homemade gifts for mom during the theme. Examples include a painted flower pot, card or Mother’s Day crown. At home, you can help the kids make Mother’s Day gifts for grandparents. Or Dad can help the kids make a homemade gift for mom.
Cinco de Mayo
It may be only one day, but Cinco de Mayo can inspire a week full of activities. Use the Mexican theme to plan your activities. Ideas for crafts include homemade maracas, Mexican flag pictures and sombreros made from paper plates. Cook Mexican foods for the kids to taste. You can also listen to Mexican music and teach a few Mexican dances.
Numbers and Letters
When planning activities for young kids, letters and numbers work well as a theme. Focus on a particular letter and number for the week or month. For May, the letter “M” works well. Since May is the fifth month of the year, use the number 5 as your focus for the month.