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Alphabet > Letter DDaisy 
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*Daisy Crown
*May Day Pole Craft

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I Can Learn Left and Right with the May Day Song

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We are going to celebrate May Day and that Spring is here in all its splendor.  Read to the children how grown ups and children celebrated May Day long ago - visit First-School's May Day page.  

We can also enjoy our May Day just as much and we don't have to carry that heavy tree all the way from the woods.  Instead lets make an Easy Daisy Crown and and Easy May Day Pole and dance around it singing a May Day song, select and practice letter D is for DaisyC is for Crown, or Q is Queen and we will practice the concepts of left and right.

Activity #1:  May Day Daisy Crown Craft
1.  Print the happy daisy template twice in color or black and white.
2.  Fold a piece of construction paper or card stock in thirds lengthwise and cut along the folds and you will obtain three equal strips.  Tape to form a long band.  This will be the head band for the crown  Measure band around the child head and cut excess paper.
3.  The children can color or paint the daisies any colors they like.  They will need assistance with cutting the flowers.
4.  Place the band flat and have the children glue the daisies from the center until most of the band is covered.
5.  Adjust the band around the children's head and make a marking where it is comfortable, and then tape or staple.  The May Day crown is ready to wear and learn about letter D and later wear for the May Day celebrations.

Activity #2:  Alphabet Lesson Plans and Printable Materials
This is a good time to introduce or practice letter D (daisy)C (crown) or Q (queen)

Activity #2:  DLTK's May Day Pole Craft

This activity can be done as a team activity.  Every child can contribute by coloring and/or gluing some of the materials to the pole.

1.  Cover the tube roll with construction paper or some scraps of nice wrapping paper
2.  Print the flowers template in color or black & white and children will color as necessary.
3.  Cut the flowers and children glue to the tube.
4.Attach a few crepe paper (streamers), ribbon strips or long strips of construction paper  to one side of the tube or "pole". 
5.  As Leanne from DLTK suggests:
"Attach the pole to something.  Some ideas are:

*  place it in an empty margarine container with some play dough/clay in the bottom. 

*  take it outside and put it in some dirt or the sandbox.

*  tape it to a flat piece of cardboard."

Either choose a King or Queen for the celebration by placing all the names of the children in a basket and pulling a name, or all the children can be Queens and Kings of May Day.  Also, you can cut up some tissue, toilet paper or any paper scraps to simulate flower petals the children can fling around the pole as they dance around the pole in the activity described below.

Activity #3:  Practice Right and Left with the May Day Song:

* The short May Day  song give us the opportunity to practice the concepts of left and right.

Dance Around the Maypole Song
In and out, in and out,

Weave the ribbons tight;
'Round the Maypole we will dance
To the left and to the right.

*  At this point the children should have their crowns on and the "pole" should be placed somewhere where the children can move and dance around it.
*Have the children hold the letter D Daisy Puppet in their right hand, a piece of paper, or cut a template of a daisy -- this is going to remind them that hand is the right hand.  Leave the left hand empty.
*The adult/s sings the song to any tune very slowly at first to give time to the children to listen to words right and left.  Ask the children to stop and raise their right hand when the word right is mentioned and then raise their left arm when the word left is mentioned and continue walking or dancing around the pole.  
* This is going to create some  confusion at first, but after a while the children will get the hang of it.  
*  When the children feel comfortable with raising their hand to left and right they will start joining in the tune.   
Happy May Day!

Related coloring pages:
Fantasy and Medieval theme

Choose an Alphabet Lesson Plan
Letter D Daisy


Letter C Crown

Daisy crown Craft:
Daisy Flower Pattern
*Color
*Black and white

May Day Pole Craft Daisy Flower Pattern & materials:
*Template Color
*Template Black & White
*gift wrap or paper towel roll.
* crepe paper strips/ribbons or cut long strips of construction paper and tape together.
*glue
* scissors, *something to color with and paper or construction paper

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