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HAPPY MAY DAY

MAY BASKETS
With your child, make May baskets and fill them with real or paper flowers. Then leave the baskets on the doorsteps of family members or friends. Here are some suggestions.
Cut a large half-circle out of colored paper for your child to decorate with crayons or markers. Form the half-circle into a cone shape, staple it closed, and add a paper strip for a handle.
Invite your child to decorate an empty yogurt cup or cardboard berry basket with flower stickers or glued-on flower pictures cut from magazines. Poke holes in opposite sides of the container and twist on a pipe cleaner handle.
 

MAY BASKET FLOWERS
Let your child cut small freeform flower shapes out of several colors of paper and decorate them as desired. Or help him cut flower pictures out of seed catalogs or gift-wrap. For stems, tape the flowers to the ends of plastic straw sections, coffee stirrers, or pipe cleaners. Have your child use his flowers to fill his May baskets.

 
MAY DAY FLOWER COUNTERS

Select five pieces of paper. Draw one green stem on one paper, two green stems on another paper, three green stems on a third paper, and so on. Invite your child to draw a flower on the top of each stem and add leaves. Together, count the number of flowers on each paper and write that numeral at the bottom. Encourage your child to use her flower pictures for counting practice.
 

MAY BASKET GAME
Select a small basket for a May basket. Cut several pictures of familiar flowers out of a magazine or seed catalog and spread them out on a table. Name the flowers and their colors with your child. Then say: "Can you find a red tulip and put it in the May basket? What about a yellow daffodil?" and so on. When all the flowers are in the basket, start the game again, this time letting your child give you directions.
 
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