Craft Ideas for Boys Day on May 5

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May 5 is not just Cinco de Mayo (though I may be celebrating with a margarita), it’s also Boys Day. Traditionally, Boys Day was celebrated in Japan where families would hang koi (Japanese fish) kites called koinoburi outside of their homes – one koi kite per boy in the household.

Today, Boys Day has been expanded to be Children’s Day – though in Japan Boys Day is still celebrated on May 5th while Girls Day is celebrated on March 3.

Our house is full of boys so we carry on the Boys Day tradition of making and hanging koi kites outside of our house. We also love to eat mochi and make origami.

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Boys Day with your family.

Craft Ideas for Boys Day on May 5

Fish Sammies for Boys Day from Susan Yuen

Photo from Susan Yuen

Boys Day Cupcakes from Just Jenn Recipes

Photo from Just Jenn Recipes

Easy Fish Origami from

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Koi Kite Craft from Origami ‘n Stuff 4 Kids

Photo from Origami ‘n Stuff 4 Kids

Samurai Helmet Craft from Activity Village

Photo from Activity Village


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  1. Fun ideas! Thanks for the reminder about Japanese Boy’s Day.

  2. Wow–I had no idea it was Children’s Day. Love the Fish Sammies idea!

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