Some Ideas for Beltane Kids Crafts
posted by Meredith
Braiding & Wreaths – Make a wreath either as house decoration, or as a crown for your head. You could also braid your hair or your children’s hair.
Make a May Bowl or Wine – For the kids, make strawberry kool-aid & add some strawberries to their punch. Or for a special addition, add strawberry ice cream! Drink a toast to the glory of May.
Bless Water – Bless a nearby water source, such as a river, spring, lake or ocean. This can be as simple as tossing your Beltane wreath of flowers in the water after a ritual & giving appropriate thanks. Get as elaborate as you wish. Kids ought to love throwing flowers in water!
Personal Decoration – Paint your body with sun signs or signs of spring. Wear jewelry that signifies spring. On the first of May, wear your most colorful clothes or dress all in green (the color of the fairies). Consider wearing a flower in your hair. This would be a great time to wear your loudest family heirloom jewelry that’s just a bit too much for regular wear. Children might enjoy dressing in this spirit of nature, all in green, on May Day, or even dressing their dolls and soft toys in green and white costume.
Gifts – Gather flowers with special messages for friends and relatives. Make up your own explanation of the meaning of each flower and give it along with the bouquet. For friends at a distance, send pressed flowers or May Day cards or packets of flower seeds. Some other appropriate gifts might be; perfume, incense, candied flower petals, herbs, sachets and artificial flowers. Or you could run around, under cover of darkness, leaving May baskets of flowers on doorsteps. Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill and then give it to someone in need of healing and caring, such as a shut-in or elderly friend.
Make a Greenman – You can make your own Green Man figure, He might be a topiary, completely covered with green vine, in the shape of a man. Or he could be a figure, like the scarecrow, a system of 2"X 4" planks screwed together in a human shape, then dressed all in green; with a growing planted pot for a head, rusted pronged spades for hands, and a piece of garden hose for a belt
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