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ABOUT こどもの日

こどもの (Children’s Day) is an event held each year on 5 May. Historically, during the Edo Period, families of samurai began to celebrate Tango no sekku (a day to pray for the healthy growth of boys) on 5 May. On this day, families with boys traditionally display よろい(Samurai armour), かぶと(helmets) and dolls to protect boys from evil spirits. In 1948, this day became a national holiday called Children’s Day, a day to pray for the growth of all children.

こどもの日 SLIDES

Through the slides, students learn about what kind of event こどもの is and what people do on this day.
You can change the language in the slides to suit your students’ Japanese level.
There is also additional information in the slide notes. Please refer to it as needed.

KODOMO NO HI (pptx 4.20MB)

Useful Links for Activities

  • Let’s make かぶと

Students make and wear かぶと using newspaper. Smaller ornaments can be made using おりがみ.

  • Let’s make こいのぼり

Make and decorate こいのぼり using おりがみ.

  • Let’s make your original 〇〇のぼり

Students come up with their own 〇〇のぼり.

Original Nobori Templete (PDF 521KB)
  • Sing a song for こどもの (Video)


Resource created by Shoko Adachi (April 2024).

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