Children’s Day in Japan – May 5th

K/1 students learned about an entire day devoted to children. They could hardly believe it!

“Every May 5, it is Kodomo no Hi or “Children’s Day” in Japan. Families fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp (a type of fish) for each child in their house. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, overcoming all obstacles to swim upstream. Samurai warrior figurines and samurai kabuto helmets are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and bravery.

Children indulge in kashiwa-mochi, sticky rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves, and other sweets. Around the country there are many events for children and families. Children take center stage in traditional Japanese plays. Thousands of children compete in the “Kids’ Olympics” held at the National Kasumigaoka Stadium in Tokyo. Children also use the day to thank and show respect for the teachers, parents, and relatives who care for them.” (source)

We began by reviewing the art words, ‘pattern’ and ‘line.’ We brainstormed as many different lines as we could think of.

And created some beautiful paper.


And then created our own fish kites to celebrate Children’s Day.


We ended our celebration by listening to a new song:

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