May 2021 Literacy Activities

A full month of literacy activities to share with your child!

Download your calendar using the links below or visit your local Palliser library branch for a printed copy. Then scroll down for book recommendations, printables, and other resources to go along with your calendar!


May Early Literacy Calendar

Download May Early Literacy Calendar (for infants and pre-school children)


May Children's Literacy Calendar

Download May Children's Literacy Calendar (for elementary-aged children)




May Early Literacy Calendar

(For infants and pre-schoolers)

Don't have your May Early Literacy Calendar yet? Download it for free here or visit your local library for a printed copy.


May 2nd: Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt. Bring a list and check off the things you see.


May 4th: Use a homemade shaker and shake it to the beat of songs.

  • Want some inspiration for your homemade shaker? Watch this YouTube video from Howcast!
  • You can use things like plastic bottles, tin cans, or other containers and fill them with things such as dried beans, lentils, rice, popcorn kernels, or beads! Experiment with different materials and see how the sound changes.


May 12th: Draw out a story on 4-5 small pieces of paper. Help your child put the papers in proper sequence to tell the story.

  • Learn about "story sequence" and why it's important for your child's development from Reading Rockets.
  • Instructions on how to practice story sequence based on what you did today or a simple recipe from Brain Pop.
  • Find pre-made sequence cards for a variety of stories from DLTK's Crafts for Kids.


May 18th: Look into your library's summer reading program.

  • Palliser's Summer Reading Program is coming soon! If your child is a toddler or preschooler, they will fit into the "Read to Me" reading group. To stay updated on the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!


New at the Library


Books for Parents




May Children's Literacy Calendar

(For elementary-aged children)

Don't have your May Children's Literacy Calendar yet? Download it for free here or visit your local library for a printed copy.


May 1st: Browse Hoopla for some music to listen to.


May 2nd: Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt. Bring a list and check off the things you see.

  • Scavenger hunts are a great way to practice using our senses and problem-solving skills! You can work together to make your own list, or download a scavenger hunt list we made. It's the same list that is on the back of this month's calendar.


May 4th: It's Star Wars Day! Blast off with a space book.


May 5th: Find out why people celebrate Cinco de Mayo!


May 6th: Read a book with a blue cover.


May 7th: For Child and Youth Mental Health Day, talk about what your child can do if they're friend is struggling.


May 8th: Ask your child to do a task for a small amount of money. Talk about what they will do with it. Spend or save?

  • Adults must earn money to provide for their needs and wants. With direction, children learn that money is earned and does not come free. Children also learn that money is limited in quantity.  Early training in earning small amounts of money provides a foundation and understanding that work and money are connected.

  • Young children perform certain tasks at home just because they are part of the family or household. Children can do additional tasks to earn money for their spending plans. Children need to distinguish between shared responsibilities as members of a family and responsibilities that earn them money. 

  • Free worksheets to help you teach your child about earning money: Teacher's Guide and Student Guide.


May 13th: Favorite a book on Overdrive, the Libby app, or Hoopla now, so you can read it later.


May 18th: Visit a local or virtual museum for National Museum Day!


May 25th: It's National Paper Airplane Day! Test various methods for making paper airplanes. See which one flies best!


May 28th: Discuss the concept of budgeting. Why is a budget important?

  • Children in grades three through six are capable of managing small amounts of money. They can divide their money into several categories, including “spend,” “save,” and “give.” At the same time, they can spend their money and keep a record of what was spent. Learning good money management skills now will help your child grow up into an adult with effective budget skills who can create healthier family relationships and contribute to building a stronger economy.
  • Talk about how you budget your family's money. Explain the need for setting money aside and staying on track with your spending goals.
  • Here are some free worksheets you can share with your child: Teacher's Guide and Student Guide.