Spring celebrations and Easter tend to get lumped in together now a days- we see crosses mixed in with baby chicks everywhere we go. When trying to plan out some of our “Little HolyDays” I knew that as well as celebrating the big and little Feast Days and Holidays that I wanted to mark the passage of the year and the seasons. This is in part because I think a great part of our society has a great disconnect from the natural world and I want to encourage that kind of awareness within my children. I want them to understand the wonder of the seasons. Like Kathleen in her post “A Christian Celebrates the Spring Equinox” I too feel it’s right to celebrate creation via the seasons.
So with that in mind I decided to attempt to find ways to mark our seasonal holidays from our religious “holydays” and marking out the first day of Spring as a special day in our calendar seemed just the spot to start.
This year, since Mr. Man is only 2, we plan on keeping thing simple, but in a way that can be added to in coming years. Sadly a nice walk outside, even around the neighborhood was out of the question due to high, chill winds and a temp hovering around 19 degrees.
We started by taking a page out the proverbial Waldorf Book and set up a Nature Table.
The scarf and vase are from around the house. The flowers, nest, eggs and animals are courtesy of Hobby Lobby (the rest of the animals are in reserve for Easter Eggs).
The trees I “Waldorf-Hacked” by using 40 cent wood cut outs from Hobby Lobby and using a little wood glue to fix them to a base – took about a hour or so to do. Don’t tell me I no longer use my theatre degree.
We also tried our hands at making toddler version of Waldorf Transparencies. It will be nice to have these in the decoration bucket for next year. Inspiration for the birds HERE and inspiration for the flowers HERE
Our tools – tissue paper (leftover from Martinmas), construction paper and transparency paper.
We hung the cut outs on the door and went to town – our 2 year old got the idea really quickly and it was just a long enough project that it kept his interest through the whole thing.
I finished it up by adding the other side of the transparencies and cutting them out and now they’re up making our first day of spring a little brights.
One idea that we’re saving one more year, but would like to begin for a Spring celebration to take us into Easter is to make a Resurrection or Hill of Calvary Garden. The first day of spring is rarely spring like here in the midwest, so as much as I’d love to plan for digging in the garden I think a little indoor gardening will be a better plan. Getting our fingers dirty and planting the seeds would be a nice “spring” activity and once the grass sprouts it will be just about time for Easter. At the moment I’d rather focus on the resurrection in our Easter lessons than the other parts of the story.
I’ll be sharing more of what we’re doing Easter-wise in another week or so as the day approaches.
By celebrating Spring and the changes taking place around us I feel that we’re setting the stage for all the religious celebrations to come while allowing us to stop and give thanks for a new season of green and growth after a long winter.
Are you doing anything to mark the passage of the seasons?