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May Teaching Calendar

Updated: May 24


Teaching ideas, activities and inspiration to celebrate the month of May: African World Heritage Day, Eid, Europe Day, National Bee Day, Space Day, World Migratory Bird Day, World Smile Day, Vesak Day plus a Competition to design the cover for my new release 'Summer - A Multisensory Exploration!'



2nd May - 3rd May

Eid

Eid is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.

Muslim families around the world celebrate with lavish meals, exchange gifts and donate to charity.

Make Dried Fruit Balls*

This activity provides the opportunity to explore and taste new foods and to express likes, dislikes and preferences.


You will need

  • A bowl

  • A cutting board

  • Clean safety scissors or plastic knife (alternatively provide the ingredients pre-chopped)

  • A selection of dried fruits: Apple, apricots, cherries, coconut, cranberries, dates, figs, mango, mixed dried fruits, prunes, raisins, sultanas

  • Ingredients for binding: Water, oat milk or honey

  • Cocoa powder

  • A selection of toppings: Dried coconut, crushed cereal, icing sugar, oats

  • Vanilla essence/rose water

  • Water

Method

  1. Cut or chop the ingredients into tiny pieces (ensure there are no stones)

  2. Explore the ingredients then ask students to select their favourites

  3. Place in a bowl.

  4. Add a few drops of vanilla essence/rose water

  5. Add a little cocoa powder

  6. Add your chosen binding ingredient.

  7. Mould into balls

  8. Roll over your chosen topping

* Be food allergy aware


May 5th

African World Heritage Day

This a day to celebrate of the culture of the Continent of Africa.

Discuss the importance of Africa and its vulnerability due to climate change and poaching.


Animal Match Game

Print out an African Animals picture grid (see example below)


Print and cut out the animal skin patterns below.

Can the students match the animal pattern to the animal?



May 6th

Space Day

Space day is an unofficial holiday aimed at promoting STEM activities.


Create a Space Role Play Area

Role play is a crucial part of development providing opportunities to engage in imaginative play.

  • Involve the student(s) in creating a space role play area and the props to go in it.

  • Secure a black or dark blue sheet/blanket/bubble wrap/egg cartons to the wall. Add stars.

  • Create a rocky/sandy area on the floor to represent a moonscape. Add glitter to the sand for a shimmering effect. Make large rocks from painted scrunched up newspaper, and smaller moon rocks from scrunched up aluminium foil.

  • Provide an assortment of cardboard boxes, aluminium foil, space blankets, pipe cleaners, empty plastic bottles, old cd's, masking tape, tumble dryer venting hose, for your 'astronauts' to make their own rockets, moon buggies, and space suits.


Moon Dust Recipe

You will need

  • 8 Tablespoons of Cornflour

  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil

  • Vanilla Essence

Method

Ratio 8:1

Combine the vegetable oil and cornflour until you reach a powdered yet mouldable texture.