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Crafts for Kids—Syttende Mai Style

Crafts for Kids—Syttende Mai Style

May 17 is celebrated by Norwegians and those with Norwegian heritage as the National Day of Norway. People across the world typically celebrate with parties, parades, feasts with friends and family, and more. 

This year we may not be able to celebrate with big parades and gatherings, but you can still show off your Norwegian spirit with these fun crafts, thanks to our children's education coordinator, Alison. She has included some great ideas below to get you in a festive mood. Hipp-Hipp-Hurrah for Syttende Mai, and be sure to tag @NordicMuseum on Instagram with your creations!

Syttende Mai—which is Norwegian for "17th of May"—is Norwegian Constitution Day, commemorating the signing of their constitution in 1814.  Syttende Mai has been celebrated in Seattle since 1889—before Washington was even a state—and the Seattle festivities are the largest outside of Norway. With this year’s Syttende Mai parade in Ballard cancelled, try these activities instead to celebrate Syttende Mai at home!

A drawing showing how you would arrange LEGO bricks into a Norwegian flag with red, white, and blue bricks.

Build with LEGO
Build your own Norwegian flag using LEGO bricks! Follow the design to build a mosaic style Norwegian flag on a baseplate.

An outline of a simple illustrated bird shape and wing. A simple bird shape made of blue paper with a red paper wing

Make a Patriotic Bird
Celebrate spring and Syttende Mai at the same time with a cheerful red, white, and blue paper bird! Use the template to trace a body and wing onto colored paper, cut out, and glue together. Don’t have patterned or colored paper? Make your own using white paper and pens, crayons, or colored pencils. Add a googly eye if you have one on hand!

A glass bowl holds a sugar cookie covered with red, white, and blue sprinkles

Decorate some cookies
For a tasty treat, make your favorite cookies—sugar cookies are always a hit—and decorate them with red, white, and blue sprinkles.

A simple bird silhouette of blue paper with a red paper wing