Children's Day

Children's Day (Kodomo no hi) is celebrated on 5th May in Japan. It is a national holiday on which all children are celebrated and their mothers are honoured. Until recently, 5th May was known as Boy's Day (Tango no Sekku, or the Feast of Banners), so many of the traditional celebrations on Children's Day come from Boy'sDay.

Children's Day activities at Activity Village

Children's Day Customs

Carp kites
Koinobori, or carp kites, are hung outside houses on Children's Day. Find out what they symbolise and try our printables and crafts.
Carp Kites (koinobori) Lots NEW!

Samurai
The Samurai were the most noble warriors of Japan, and the Samurai Helmet which they wore also symbolizes strength and courage and is often worn by boys on Children's Day. Visit our Samurai page to find out how to make your own helmet and how to fold an origami one.
Samurai

Children's Day Activities

Koinobori Colouring Page

Koinobori Colouring Page

It was traditional in Japan to fly koinobori (Carp kites) like these on Children's Day. Make them bright and colourful!

Koinobori Kites Colouring Card

Koinobori Kites Colouring Card

Colour in this picture of carp kites flying in the wind for Children's Day. Print using borderless settings if possible and simply fold in half when you've finished colouring.

Koinobori Page Border

Koinobori Page Border

Our cheerful koinobori page border comes in three variations: lined, half lined, and blank. Find them all below. Perfect for your Japan topic or Children's Day.

Koinobori Size Ordering

Koinobori Size Ordering

Cut out the carp kites and then stick them in size order on the flagpole page - a fun size ordering activity for Children's Day or your Japan topic.

Koinobori Story Paper

Koinobori Story Paper

Here's a fun way to write about the tradition of flying carp kites in Japan for Children's Day. Colour the picture in, and write on the right.

Koinobori Writing Paper

Koinobori Writing Paper

This writing paper featuring colourful carp kites is perfect for your Children's Day writing projects or for your Japan topic in general.

More Ideas For Children's Day

Sadako Sasaki
Learn about a little girl called Sadako Sasaki, and discover how she inspired this beautiful monument to world peace, the Children's Peace Monument, many years ago. The monument was unveiled on Children's Day 1958 and is visited by thousands of children each year.
Sadako Sasaki Lots NEW!

Kokeshi Dolls
These oh-so-cute wooden dolls date back about 300 years and appeal to all ages. We've got some pretty new kokeshi doll activities and printables here at Activity Village this year...
Kokeshi Dolls Lots NEW!

The arrival of cherry blossom in Spring in Japan is a signal for getting outdoors, enjoying picnics and visiting parks with friends and family. In early May many parts of Japan will still be in blossom.

Blossom Crafts
Blossom Crafts

Japan
Expand your knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture by visiting our "Japan for Kids" theme, and try your hand at some more Japanese related crafts, play some traditional Japanese games, and enjoy our colouring pages and printables.
Japan for Kids

Origami
Visit our origami section for traditional Japanese origami models (and lots of new origami designs, perfect for kids, too).
Origami for Kids

Traditional Japanese Games
Try some of these traditional Japanese games with your kids for Children's Day, or perhaps when learning a little about Japan.
Traditional Japanese Games

Japanese girl in traditional costume