Celebrating the Spring Equinox with Kids

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Some spring craft ideas for kids:

  • Assemble a terrarium.
  • Decorate ceramic or wooden eggs to use every year.
  • Make paper flowers using the glossy advertisements found in junk mail.
  • More Ôstara crafts, activities and some great coloring pages can be found at Acorn Hollow.

Resources for teaching kids about the spring equinox:

More children’s picture books:

Music

Child-friendly Ritual ideas:

  • The World Egg Creation Story During the telling of the following world egg creation story, two participants hold up a large paper egg.  (This can be decorated ahead of time by the kids.)At the end of the story, kids burst through the egg from the other side, bringing fresh or paper flowers to the people in the circle.

“In the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, there is a myth of the world being created from the fragments
of an egg laid by a diving duck on the knee of Ilmatar, goddess of the air:
One egg’s lower half transformed
And became the earth below,
And its upper half transmuted and became the sky above;
From the yolk the sun was made,
Light of day to shine upon us;
From the white the moon was formed,
Light of night to gleam above us;
All the colored brighter bits rose to be the stars of heaven
And the darker crumbs changed into clouds and
cloudlets in the sky.”

Celebrating the Spring Equinox with Kids

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2 responses »

  1. Lovely post! You know, if you ever wanted to put on a kidcraft get together thing, I’d be all for it! 🙂 I’m trying out Pysanky/Ukrainian eggs this year with a homeschool group… pretty excited about that. I love that idea of making a mosaic with the egg shells. Thanks for the Acorn Hollow link, too. And the Kalevala myth, very beautiful. We get to focus on the Kalevala in our 4th Grade Waldorf stuff, also other Norse study. I’m pretty excited about it.

    Do you happen to have that Beskow Sun Egg book? Her stuff is often recommended in the Waldorf circles, but I don’t think we have any at the Fay. library? I’d love to see it.

  2. I’ve made pyskany eggs before in the past with varied results. Can’t wait till my lil boy starts crafting stuff.
    I don’t have the Sun Egg book, but it seems like I’ve looked at it in a bookstore- I don’t remember where.

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