Special Days and Events for Classroom Celebrations — May

  • Published on April 24, 2020

Special Days and Events for Classroom Celebrations — May

May is almost upon us so I’ve put together a list of days and events that you may like to celebrate whether you are teaching in the classroom, online or at home.

Before I present the list though, I’d like to let you know that readilearn interactive lessons, of which there are over 70, are ready for you to teach in any of those circumstances in which you find yourself. While they were designed to use on the interactive whiteboard in the classroom, you can use them if you are teaching online using screen sharing software such as Zoom. I’ve made a video to explain.

Now let’s check out these days to celebrate in May. You may read them below or download the free list here.

World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May, which is the 3rd this year. There is no denying that we could all do with a little more laughter in our lives. While we may not be able to gather together to laugh in large groups this year, there are still many ways we can find to add laughter to our day. We could have a laughter get-together online, watch a funny movie or videos of comedians. What will make you laugh on World Laughter Day?

Double the fun with double l llamas — The League of Llamas by Aleesah Darlison NC

You could even read The League of Llamas series of books by Aleesah Darlison, which I recommended recently.

International firefighters day

International Firefighters’ Day is on the 4th of May. The purpose of the day is to recognise and honour the service and sacrifice of firefighters around the world. The day was initiated in Australia after five firefighters lost their lives in service in 1998. You can read more of the history here.

With unprecedented and catastrophic fires having been experienced in Australia and elsewhere in recent summers, it is appropriate that we recognise and honour those who serve selflessly, especially those who lose their lives doing so.

World Red Cross Day

World Red Cross Day on May 8th celebrates those who are there to support others in need of a helping hand. The theme for this year is a smile — sharing positive stories of change and hope. They are inviting people to share stories of what makes them smile. What a great writing activity for your children. Even in lockdown, there are many things we can find to make us smile.


  • Write a list poem of “Things that make me smile” individually or collaboratively.
  • Write an acrostic poem for the world “SMILE”.
  • Write a positive or friendship message to share with others anonymously. Children could pop it in the mailbox of someone in their neighbourhood.
  • Paint smiles on rocks and leave them around the neighbourhood for others to find.

What other ways can you put a smile on your face and the faces of others?

a mother's day card with photograph to make

Mother’s Day Australians celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. This year Mother’s Day falls on 10 May.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers.
I hope you have an amazing day however you celebrate it.


Here at readilearn we can assist with you with suggestions of easy and inexpensive gifts from the heart to make for mothers on Mother’s Day. None of the suggestions require hard-to-acquire materials. What is mostly required is a little imagination and creativity and a whole lot of love.

free Mother's Day activities

Mother’s Day activities includes suggestions for six easy-to-make gifts.

my mum heart shaped book template

My Mum — heart-shaped book template includes instructions for making a personalised book for Mum, telling her what is special about her.

waterlily card

A waterlily card made from circles of paper is a different way of telling Mum how much you love her.

I love you this much card to make

I love you this much — card to make is another special way to tell Mum she is loved.

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is held on 12 May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, each year. This year’s theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health. This is a perfect time to show our nurses and other health care workers how much they are appreciated. Perhaps you could read your children a story about Florence Nightingale and discuss her contribution to nursing.

  International Day of Families

The purpose of the International Day of Families  on 15 May is to “celebrate the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world.” It is a time for doing things as a family and for appreciating that not all families are the same.

Family traditions and celebrations

If you haven’t already studied the families of children in your class, now is the perfect time. The Family Traditions and Celebrations Unit supports you in doing so.

International Museum Day

International Museum Day on 18 May, aims to raise awareness of museums and the important of culture. The theme for 2020 is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

While it may not be possible for you to physically visit a museum this year, many museums welcome you online. Here are links to just of few of the museums you may like to visit:

The British Museum

The Guggenheim Museum

The Museum of Modern Art

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The British Natural History Museum

The Australian Maritime Museum has lots of activities for children.

National Reconciliation Week

Australians observe National Sorry Day on 26 May each year.  It “gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen Generation refers to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.” National Sorry Day marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week.

National Reconciliation Week is held from 27 May until 3 June. The aim of the week is to provide “a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.” For this to occur, “Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” The theme for this year is “In this Together”.

For some suggestions of resources, refer to the readilearn post from 2019 National Reconciliation Week in the Classroom.

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime is celebrated in Australia and New Zealand every year in Library and Information Week, the last week of May. This year it is celebrated on 27 May.

An Australian picture book is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. The aim of the National Simultaneous Storytime is to promote the value of reading and literacy. Books that are selected explore age-appropriate themes and address key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

This year’s book is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford. The event, organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), takes place at 11 am AEST on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

“Whitney and Britney are two gorgeous chooks, Fluffy and silky with stunning good looks. Dora is perplexed about where her chooks go each night. Little does she know, they are Whitney and Britney, Chicken Divas!”

To purchase the book, join in the celebration or access a range of free resources visit the ALIA website.

I’m sure you’ll find lots to celebrate during the month of May.

May days and events to celebrate in the classroom

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    Great resources for May already. This is wonderful, Norah. What fun it is to celebrate World Laugh Day on May 3. We have the same day as yours for Mother’s day. Have a great month ahead, Norah!

    Thank you, Miriam. What fun to laugh this week and then celebrate Mother’s Day the next. Enjoy virtual hugs with your daughter and granddaughters. 💖

    Yes, lots to celebrate, Debby. Here’s to lots of laugher on 3 May!

    World Laughter Day – wow, how we all can use this. And your suggestions on how to celebrate World Red Cross Day can be just as useful for adults as well as children. I’m sharing them with my writing groups. I’ve ordered brownies from a website suggested to me (Brownies.com) in the US and sent to all the caregivers at my mom’s memory care facility. I can’t see them to hug or shake their hand, so hopefully the (individually wrapped) brownies will give them a smile. Lastly, I sent the Llama book to my CA grandkids. Hope to Zoom with them soon and hear their reactions! Take care, Norah. You give us all so much here in your posts. xo

    I think World Laughter Day is such fun. I hope we all find something to laugh about that day.
    How thoughtful to send brownies to the caregivers at your mum’s care facility. I think that is wonderful.
    I look forward to hearing what you grandkids think of the League of Lllamas. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did. They would be great to read on World Laughter Day.
    Enjoy May! 💖

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