When I was 7 years old, my Grandpa let me in on his annual tradition of surprising my Grandma with a May Day basket.
We’d sneak up the front steps like ninjas, hang our homemade paper basket of wild flowers on the door handle, ring the doorbell and run like our lives depended on it!
It quickly became one of my favorite days of the year.
May Day (May 1st) is a great excuse to celebrate life with your family.
Even if you’ve never celebrated May Day before, there’s no time like the present to start a new family tradition.
May Day – 5 Creative Ways to Celebrate as a Family
When you think about May Day, do you think about any of these?
- Baskets & gifts
- DIY projects
- Craft ideas for kids
- Traditions with neighbors
- Parties & cakes
Here are some fun May Day ideas for kids, neighbors & adults!
1. Ring the Doorbell and Run
Roll a piece of paper into a cone shape and secure it with tape. Cut a thin strip of paper to be the handle and tape it across the top.
Then let your kids fill it with real or fake flowers (even dandelions will do) and leave it for a neighbor or friend to discover.
2. Plant Flowers as a Family
May Day is the perfect time to spruce up your yard with some fresh flowers!
It’s also a great way to get your kids to help with the weeding too.
3. Share Encouraging Paper Flowers
Who said May Day flowers have to be real?
There are lots of printables available to get you started on your paper flowers.
Use this free template to make a paper flower for each member of your family!
Write a positive quality you love about that person in each petal of the flower to give them some fresh encouragement.
Works great for grandparents too!
4. Make Your Own May Pole
Give each family member an 8 foot long piece of string, yarn or crepe paper streamer.
Have one taller person stand in the middle holding the other ends of all the streamers over their head.
Turn on some music and dance around the May Pole!
5. Have a May Day Party
Around the world, this is a day of celebration.
Singing, dancing, bright colors, delicious food and plenty of fun are what May Day is all about.
Did I mention cake?
So take this opportunity to throw a mini-party with your family!
However you choose to celebrate, have a Happy May Day!
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