May Connection Calendar
Here you will find all the resources for the activity calendar. Note that not every single day has something on it. Below, I’ve added links, downloads of printables, additional info, etc. for the items on the calendar, and during the month, I’ll add more or updated info. It will be a continuing work in progress. For instance, if something says: Coming Soon!, that just means that I will have the entire resource ready by the date on the calendar. Or there will be times that all the dates are not on there at the beginning of the month, but more will be added throughout the month. You get the idea.
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May Connection Calendar 2022
- 1st – May Day
- 2nd – Quote – This is a very famous quote that you probably know. It’s one of my favorites.
- 3rd – Play – Rhythm Games – These games are easy and fun to play in person or over video chat. Here is a YouTube video to help you learn to play one of my favorites – The Sevens Game. The lady in this video also offers a challenge. Now, you can do the challenge with her or on your own. She uses a metronome app. (In case you don’t know what a metronome is, it’s just device to help you keep the tempo of music. . .or in this case, a game.) You can look up free apps and download them. The one I use is Metronome Beats. It’s free and works great! This game seems really overly simple at the beginning, but it gets crazy and is really a lot of fun as you get faster and faster. Start with about 90 beats per minute if you have little ones playing.
- 4th – Joke – Just a little joke in honor of Mother’s Day.
- 5th – Cinco de Mayo & National Day of Prayer – I Last month (April’s calendar) I gave lots of ideas for celebrating and learning about Cinco de Mayo. This is also the National Day of Prayer. Hopefully, you find some ways to pray, meditate, or think about ways to help the world, your community, or your family.
- 6th – Snail Mail Idea -Send a packet of Sunflower Seeds – Not the kind you eat. . .the kind you plant! It’s fun to send a little something to local or long distance grandkids to mark special occasions. In this case, celebrate the end of the school year by planting some actual Sunflowers! Sunflower seeds need to wait until the ground is warm to plant. Then they will mature just about the time that school begins again. How cool is that? So, the kids will know it’s time to go back (or close to it) when they are able to pick and eat the seeds.
- 7th – Text Idea – This is a great text to send a teen grand who is looking for a reason to make good choices for the future.
- 8th – Happy Mother’s Day
- 9th – Video Chat Idea – Okay, so this one may seem a bit intimidating, but this does not have to be a big production. You could share talents with each other that are serious like playing some music on a guitar or piano. Or, you could just have fun and share some silly talents like playing a kazoo or rolling your tongue into a taco. Make it fun. Maybe you can share your love of storytelling or doing handstands.
- 10th – Text Idea – Here’s another text to encourage your teen grands.
- 11th – Exploring Online – Start early in the month to explore Memorial Day – it’s origins, it’s meaning, and how it’s celebrated and why. Explore the History. com for some info on Memorial Day to get you started. If you don’t live in the U.S., see if your country has a day that is dedicated to remembering your military and fallen veterans.
- 12th – Quote Idea – This quote is so true. . .and it’s true of grandmother’s hugs also!
- 13th – Friday, the 13th Activity – This is just a silly superstition day to be sure. However, it’s gives us another reason to connect with our grandchildren. So, choose an age-appropriate movie to share with your grands tonight. . .and don’t forget the popcorn! (Remember that age-appropriate applies to you too! My age-appropriate would range somewhere around the old Casper movie with Hilary Duff. 😂)
- 14th – Snail Mail Idea – Here is a great way to keep in touch with your grandkids during the summer. Remember that you don’t need to live far away from each other to be penpals. I’ve created a little packet with some penpal template sheets called GrandPals. There are 12 templates (1 for each month) plus some ideas for summer fun boxes to send along with your letters.
- 15th – Care Packages – If you would like a new activity to do for Memorial Day this year, try sending care packages to military men and women or their families. Military.com has a list of several organizations that supply information to send these care packages.
- 16th – Text Idea – This is a text that will remind them to be their very best.
- 17th – Craft – Memorial Day Wreath – I This craft is super easy to do with grandkids. It’s not only simple but it’s pretty fast. I have a video to help you see how to do this – Memorial Day Wreath tutorial.
- 18th – Quote Idea – What a great quote for what the art of mothering is all about.
- 19th – Play – Play an outdoor game from your childhood with your grandchildren. Remember playing Red Rover, jump rope, jacks, and hopscotch?
- 20th – Email Idea – Create-a-Story – So, start an email chain with your grandkids who can spell. Give them a story starter, just one sentence that is the beginning of a story. Send that to your grandchild. Then have them reply to the email and have them write the next sentence or two in the story. Then it’s your turn again. Add a little more to the story. Help the story takes some twists and turns so that your grandchildren have to think what could happen next. When you decide the story is at an end, you could have your grandchildren draw some pictures to go with the story and print it all out. You could even have it made into a printed book.
- 21st – Joke – One last joke in honor of Mothers.
- 23rd – Exploring Online – American Flag Day is coming up next month. It’s a great time to explore the origins of the flag of whatever country you (or maybe your grandchild) live in. For those who live in the U.S., there is a great site that has facts and trivia about the flag, has questions about the flag, has flag etiquette, and tells about the origins of the U.S. flag. It’s a fun site for kids to explore – Virtual Tour of Betsy Ross’ House
- 24th – Book Idea – As When I was a kid, I was quite the bookworm. As it goes, I have a few grandchildren who are also bookworms. It would be fun to find books with a summer theme to read with the grandkids over the weekend. So, if you’re grandkids live close, take a trip to the local library and read through some book jackets and maybe some reviews. You could also do this virtually with your long distance grands. Make a book list of fun books to read over the summer. My favorite was Island of the Blue Dolphins.
- 25th – Text Idea – This is one of my favorite sayings from way back. It’s time to introduce it to our grandkids!
- 26th – Video Chat Idea – Play charades or Heads Up! with your grandchildren over video chat. I’m sure you remember how to play charades. The Heads Up game is done with a cellphone. You can download the free app and start playing right away. Chances are good that your grandchildren already know how to play it. We use it when we have to wait for long periods of time with the kids (like when we are waiting for a parade).
- 27th – Idea Post – Build a summer boredom kit for your home. You can read all about it here at Summer Boredom Busters for Grandma’s House.
- 28th – Quote – I think on some level we all want things to change or improve in our lives. Our grandchildren are no exception to this. Help them make this quote be a reality in their world.
- 29th – Joke – The perfect joke to kick off the summer!
- 30th – Happy Memorial Day – Have a celebration with family while remembering loved ones who have served us well. ❤️