Two children in traditional Japanese dress feature in this colouring page from our Around the World series.
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 Customs
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!
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.
Children's Day Activities
It was traditional in Japan to fly koinobori (Carp kites) like these on Children's Day. Make them bright and colourful! You could cut them out and "fly" them on a chopstick flagpole, if you like!
Colour In the carp kites by following the instructions. This is the first of two fun worksheets on this theme.
Here's an original worksheet/colouring page for Children's Day. Simply follow the instructions carefully to colour in koinobori kites.
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.
Children admire the carp kites flying in the wind in this fun colouring page showing old Japanese traditions.
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.
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.
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.