Preschool Activities and Crafts
Many years ago,
May 1st or May Day was a magical time to welcome spring. On
the night before May Day, children danced in the moonlit woods.
They gathered spring flowers. They made crowns of daisies. Why not make a crown of daisies and celebrate May Day? You can celebrate it just as in the past! Read on and find out what would happen on May Day.
When the sun rose, the May day fun continued. Villagers met in the woods to choose the tree that would become the Maypole. The chosen tree was the tallest, slimmest tree that could be found in the forest. It was carried into the village. All the villagers paraded along with it.
The villagers chose a
May Queen. The new Queen
was crowned with fresh
spring flowers. The villagers cheered and flung flower petals into
the air. The crowd danced into the village square. The Maypole
was painted and decorated with ribbons, flowers, and bright
handkerchiefs. The strongest
people pushed and pulled until the maypole stood straight. Now it
was time to dance around the Maypole.
Make your own easy May Day pole that is not as heavy as a real tree. Be a Queen or King or put the names of the children in a basket and choose a Queen for the May Day celebrations.
Now put on your crown of daisies and the May pole is ready and set. Are you ready to sing the May Day song below? Great!
Around the Maypole
In and out, in and out,
Weave the ribbons tight;
'Round the Maypole we will dance
To the left and to the right.
Some countries still celebrate May Day. In France, May Day is a
flower festival. Delicate white flowers called lilies of the valley
are believed to bring good luck. In Denmark, sweethearts give each
other bouquets of lilies of the valley. Holland celebrates May 1
with a tulip festival. On May 1 in Greece, the schools are
closed. The students trek into the woods to gather flowers. In
some other countries, May is a day of parades.
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