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May - a seasonal activity guide for under 5s



Welcome to our May guide!

 

This is an all you need to know guide filled with seasonal activity ideas, ways to develop learning at home, storybooks to share and so much more.

 

Let’s jump straight into our May guide for under 5s.

 

About May

 

May is the 5th month of the year, between April and June. It has 31 days.

 

It’s is all about the transition from spring to summer.

 

Although summer doesn’t officially begin till June 21st, in ancient times Beltane (or the Gaelic May Day), a festival held on May 1st, would mark the start of summer.

 

This festival is still celebrated across the British Isles by various groups including Pagans.

 

Fun facts about May:

 

  • May never begins or ends on the same day of the week as any other month.

  • May's flower is the Lily of the Valley.

  • In the Southern Hemisphere May is equivalent to our November.

 

Events


May Calendar

1st – May Day/ Beltane

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4th – Star Wars Day

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5th – Cinco de Mayo

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6th – Sun Awareness Week

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7th – Eurovision begins

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12th – Children’s Day

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13th – Mental Health Awareness Week

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15th – International Day of Families

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18th – International Museum Day

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20th – Walk to School Week

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20th – World Bee Day

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21st – Dinosaur Day

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22nd – National Numeracy Day

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23rd – Vesak

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29th – National Biscuit Day

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Recipes to try this month

 


Soft-boiled egg, bacon & watercress salad



Pea, bean & bacon tart



Rhubarb cakes



Raspberry and passion fruit muffins



Pineapple and coconut yogurt ice lollies


 

Activity guides to check out



Tree Play Dough Number Mats

Tree Play Dough Number Mats

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Fossil Dig Sensory Activity  

Fossil Dig Sensory Activity  

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DIY Bug Hotel

DIY Bug Hotel

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Bee Playdough Activity

Bee Playdough Activity

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Colour Changing Flowers Science Experiment

Colour Changing Flowers Science Experiment

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Colour Nature Scavenger Hunt

Colour Nature Scavenger Hunt

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Books


Happy Birthday, Buddha! by Christine H. Huynh M.D.



Wild by Emily Hughes

 


There's a Dinosaur in Your Book by Tom Fletcher



 Little Bee (An illustrated story about the life-cycle of a bee) by Autumn Publishing

 


Kew: Lift and Look Flowers and Plants by Tracy Cottingham

 

 

Additional Resources

 

 

 

 

 

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