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May Day is a special time in the UK where traditional spring time folk festivals occur. I have been lucky to see the magnificent celebration in Padstow, Cornwall. Here the whole village takes part in the celebrations. Elsewhere you are likely to see Morris dancers dancing around the Maypoles. In my own local village there is going to be a spring fair and suprisingly on the same day, in the next village across the field, there will be the annual scarecrow competition.
Regardless of wherever you are in the world and whatever you choose to do the month of May gives us many handwriting ideas.
What can my child write about?
With a national event for everything May is national hamburger month. What would your child wish to have inside their own hamburger? They can add any ingredients they like as long as they can write it!
Here are a few other May handwriting ideas for you:
- The birthstone of people born in May is Emerald, this is a green stone. Can your child name and write all the colours in a rainbow?
- 2nd May 1982 – the Weather Channel began broadcasting in America. Could your child become a weather reporter? They would need to write about what the weather is like today looking out of their bedroom window.
- 8th May 1945 – it was VE Day. This is ‘Victory in Europe’ day. How many countries in Europe can your child name, and write, in 30 seconds?
- 11th May 1997 – IBM’s supercomputer called ‘Deep Blue’ defeated a chess champion. What name would your child give to a super computer?
- 17th May 1536 – The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage was made. Why don’t you challenge your child to find as many words as possible from ‘Anne Boleyn’. For example the words one, lean, neon are all hiding within the letters of this name.
- 18th May 1946 – a UFO was reported in Sweden. It is said to have had living creatures inside. How many planets in the solar system can your child write?
- Unfortunately on 22nd May two separate earthquakes occurred years apart from one another. The first in 1927 was in China and the second in 1960 in Chile. Can your child try and describe what an earthquake is? If you wish to make it even more complicated you could ask them to describe the difference between an earthquake and a volcano erupting.
- 30th May 1631 – the first French newspaper called Gazette de France was published. How many different ways of receiving the news can your child name?
- 31st May 1859 – Big Ben started operating in London. How many other British landmarks can your child name? A clue is that they do not have to all be in London.
I hope you and your child have fun completing these spring handwriting activities. Do post a comment below as I’d love to hear how your child has got on with these suggestions.
Happy Mayday to you all.