Teacher Appreciation Week, Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and more … there’s a lot going on this week that can inspire activities with the kids! Here are our suggestions for things to do at home from May 4 through May 10. Let them inspire ideas that work for your children’s ages and interests. And be sure to check out some additional ideas and helpful links with fun activities and educational websites at the end.

Monday, May 4:

May the Fourth Be with You … it’s Star Wars Day! If your kids are old enough to enjoy the movies, it’s a great day for a movie marathon. Or you could at least check out the new shows on Disney Plus.

If you need some activities to do while you watch (or your kids aren’t the sit and watch type), we’ve got some links for you:

Star Wars LEGO Mosaic Patterns

Toilet Roll Star Wars Characters

Star Wars Mad Libs

Chewbacca Paper Bag Puppet

Baby Yoda Paper Bag Puppet

Star Wars Word Search

Star Wars Crossword Puzzle

Star Wars Preschool Printable Pack

Tuesday, May 5:

The week of May 4 through May 8 is designated Teacher Appreciation Week with today, May 5 being National Teacher’s Day. While your kids can’t give their teachers a big hug like they might like to, most of us are probably appreciating what teachers do more than ever this year.  The National PTA has created a webpage filled with templates, printables and other downloads for kids to use to say “Thanks” to a teacher – flyers, thank you cards, coloring pages, and more.

If you want to send a little gift, here are just a few local spots that you can purchase gift cards online: Basil Bandwagon (a 2020 Happening List Winner), LibbyBeans (2020 Happening List Winner), OWowCow Creamery (2020 Happening List Finalist), Zanya Spa Salon (2020 Happening List Finalist). A gift card to a local restaurant is also a great way to support a local business while giving the teacher the night off from cooking!

Oh, AND it’s Cinco de Mayo on Taco Tuesday. So obviously, it’s THE night to make tacos for dinner or order from your favorite local Mexican spot. These are just a few of the Hunterdon County spots offering curbside pickup and/or delivery: Los Chilitos (2020 Happening List Winner), El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant (2020 Happening List Finalist), El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant (Lambertville). Get more details on what restaurants are offering by reading our Cinco de Mayo en Casa article.

To go along with your dinner, why not make a dessert with the kids. Here are some ideas:

Easy Baked Churros

Caramel Apple Empanadas

Tres Leches Cake

Easy Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Wednesday, May 6:

Lolly from the popular local entertaining duo Lolly & YoYo is hosting a virtual interactive storytime from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. She’ll be reading Toto’s Apple, the story of a worm that REEEEEALLY wants an apple. Bring your favorite fruit or veggie to story time and you can have a snack while listening to the story. Register for the Zoom session at this link.

To keep the theme going, here are a few links to apple & worm activities you can do after storytime:

Paper Plate Apple with Worm Craft

Apple and Worms Picture Patterns Worksheet

Work Counting Play Dough Mat

No-Sew Sock Worms

It’s also National Nurses Day, so be sure to send some love to any nurses that you know.  Here are links to free doctor/nurse themed thank you cards and a free coloring sheet.

Thursday, May 7:

We share a lot of scavenger hunt ideas in these weekly ideas, but that’s because it’s a great way to add some interest during the MUCH-needed outside time! Today, make your outdoor time all about rocks! Here’s a link to a Rock Scavenger Hunt printable. After finding all the different kinds of rocks, find some additional smooth rocks that you can paint and leave around the neighborhood.

Friday, May 8:

Let’s go fly a kite! If the weather is good for it, make it a point to fly a kite today – either in your yard or in an open space at a nearby park. (While practicing safe social distancing of course.) If you don’t have a kite, the kids can try their hand at making one at home.

Here are a few links to tutorials as well as a few kite crafts:

Paper Bag Kite

Kid’s Kite Craft with Drinking Straws

Tissue Paper Windsock

DIY Mini Paper Kites

Pasta Noodle Kite Craft

Stained Glass Kite Decoration

Saturday, May 9:

It’s National Train Day! And while you can’t take the kids to any of the local kid-friendly train excursions (we love Black River & Western Railroad!), you can still have a fun day celebrating the rails.

Here are some ideas:

Start with the obvious … play with any train toys you have!

Watch a movie about trains  like The Little Engine That Could, The Busy Little Engine, Train Master, any Thomas & Friends movie or show

Make a train out of cardboard boxes

Black River & Western Railroad At-Home Activities

13 Virtual Train Rides From Around the World

19 Train Themed Free Printables

Toilet Paper Roll Train Craft

Sunday, May 10:

Happy Mother’s Day! We say Mom should take the day OFF from thinking of ways to entertain the kids. But if that’s not an option, we have some ideas in our Mother’s Day Guide.

And here are some extra links/ideas to use any day or EVERY day!

Pick a friend or relative to Facetime every morning! Start each day with some connection and smiles.

Local kids entertainers Lolly & YoYo are hosting lots of free virtual events. Follow them on Facebook for details.

Philadelphia Zoo is going live at 2 p.m. on weekdays to host Philly Zoo at 2 on Facebook.

Elmwood Park Zoo is doing live Facebook videos every weekday at 11 a.m. introducing different animals.

Bucks County Library: Let’s Play School – activities for ages 3-5

6ABC’s Adam Joseph is doing live storytime on Facebook each morning at 9:30 a.m.

Cape May County Park & Zoo is doing daily virtual tours daily at 11:30 a.m.

50 Inside Activities to Burn Kid’s Energy

50 Plus Indoor Activities for Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home – free articles, stories, videos and fun learning challenges

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

Printable Family Chore Chart

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