Celebrate May Day With Fun Activities


Every May 1, people around the world celebrate a spring festival known as May Day that once heralded the start of the growing season during Medieval times. 

Today, some people weave flower crowns, or give paper baskets filled with flowers to friends and family on May Day. Others dance around a maypole -- a bare tree or log that has been adorned with ribbons. May 1st is also “Lei Day” in Hawaii, where people give each other necklaces made of flowers.

How do you celebrate spring? Bring the garden indoors with these fun crafts and activities!

Celebrate Spring Activities

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Kids Create:

  • May Day Baskets like these from JDaniel4sMom are easy to make from a piece of paper. Add a few tissue paper or origami flowers and give one to someone special!

  • Make a Maypole with recycled items, with this craft from PlayLearnEveryday.

  • Tissue Paper Flowers are a perennial favorite, make these from Playdough and Popsicles for Green Kid Crafts. And if you might want to turn your flowers into a Pretty Door Wreath.

  • Make pipe-cleaner flowers in spring flower pots with these tips from The Resourceful Mama. (Note that this one calls for flower pots. If you don’t have those, try decorating a paper cup to be a cheerful flower pot.)

  • Stamped Paper Flowers are fun and simple to make with a few corks and rubber bands. You can also use cut-up sponges as stamps for this activity.

Check out some of the beautiful books on our May Day e-booklist and celebrate the arrival of spring and the coming of the summer season.


Photo by K. Gerber


This blog post reflects the opinions of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of Brooklyn Public Library.


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