KIDS’ ACTIVITIES FOR SAMHAIN / WINTERNIGHTS

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EXPLANATION & INFORMATION

STORIES

  • “When the Wind Stops” by Charlotte Zolotow (for ages 4-8) Use this book to introduce the concept of rebirth/continuance of life.

CRAFTS

  • Make skull necklaces/bracelets- look for skull beads in import shops and craft stores, or make your own.
  • Make a Silver Branch: find a fallen tree branch- not too big or small- a good size to hang on a wall close to your home (or personal) altar, perhaps the size of a long wand. Paint it silver with craft paint and let dry. Attach silk apple blossoms and silver or gold bells. You can use the silver branch to mark the beginning of rituals, or as a purification tool (the sound of the bells drives away malevolent spirits away). The Silver Branch is a symbol of the Celtic Otherworld, the Isle of Apples.
  • Make an Ancestor Doll in the likeness of one of the ancestors for the ancestor altar. Use his/her favorite colors. If the ancestor had a favorite flower, attach one to the doll. If you have a scrap of fabric or an accessory that belonged to that her/him, use that too. You can also scent the doll with the ancestor’s favorite scent. One easy doll making method is the yarn doll. Kids old enough to use a knife could make an apple head ancestor doll (start well in advance of the holiday).

ACTIVITIES

  • Learn about your ancestors, visit graves and make grave stone rubbings.
  • Commit to memory the names of your direct ancestors, back as far as you can.
  • Find a hidden charm in barmbrack or colcannon.
  • Watch movies or video clips that explain the Origin of Halloween: The Halloween Tree, and also some short “bet you didn’t know” Halloween clips from the history channel website.

Kids' Activities for Samhain/Winternights

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