Happy Children's Day! - and Cinco de Mayo
- Dear Art Educators,
I know now that there is a need to beef up my resources for May 5....
Did any of you do units to celebrate Children's Day in Japan? May 5th used
to be Boys' Day but now is Children's Day - March 3 - which used to be
Day - is now Festival of the Dolls. I will add some resources for this for
Children's Day (Kodomo-no-hi) falls on May 5, and one of the most popularly
celebrated national holidays. It is also a seasonal festival called
Tango-no-sekku (Iris Festival), because May 5 marks the beginning of summer
on the old lunar calendar.
May brings the reminder that in Japan, as in the United States, one of a
nation's greatest assets is her children. "Children's Day" stresses the
importance of respecting the character of children and promoting their
health and happiness. It is also the day for children to express their
gratitude for the tender love and care they receive from their parents.
My Emperor and Empress dolls (like those shown) sit out year round (two
I bought my carp kite from Pier 1 years ago....to use as inspiration to make
decorations for our art show one year - We made 6 - 6 foot paper carp kites
to hang on poles. (I goofed and didn't leave their tails open - we had to
bring them inside to hang - too windy).
Nice image of warrior doll:
Brief History of Cinco de Mayo:
History - English and Spanish translations:
Brief history of Mexican Flag:
Easy How to make a piñata (good for elementary classroom teacher)
Cinco de Mayo - history - songs - activities:
Easy instruction for making a God's Eye (I liked using thin dowels)
Easy Tissue paper flowers:
More activities (site has pop-up ads):
Judy Decker - Ohio
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