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candlemas imbolc craft activities

Winter turns to spring

I love this time of year. Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are noticeably getting longer. Everything is beginning to spring. Lambs in the fields. Snowdrops in the hedgerow. More light. Still muddy, but slowly, everything becomes easier. Today marks the mid point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Winter turns to spring Continue reading

Candlemas and Badgers

candlemas candle

Sometimes two craft ideas collide. One is a sample to take into school for a Candlemas craft activity. The other idea uses felting.

3 candlemas candle

I started off using the classic tissue paper glued onto a jam jar. I used a battery tealight to test the effect of the light through the different layers. As I tipped the jar this way and that, a real candle would never have survived. At one point it was upside down, which I’m pretty sure would have put a real flame out and flooded the liquid into the jar.

candlemas candle craft activity

I wanted a more organic looking flame. If I’d used paper it would have given a clean outline. A little wool fibre made a good alternative. This is where the two craft ideas collided. I used a tiny bit of black wool to make the wick.

inside jam jar

I’m always fascinated to see the other side of whatever I make. Sometimes it gives an interesting effect.

candlemas jam jar craft activity

Next time I’d like to use just the wool fibre. I wonder……

(It’s Candlemas today. I was fascinated to read that the Groundhog Day tradition is supposed to originate in Europe. Instead of a Groundhog, it is meant to be a creature such as a badger or hedgehog that is pulled out to inspect the shadows. If it sees its own shadow, it is meant to return to its hole to continue hibernation. Not sure about you, but I cannot imagine putting my hand in a badger’s sett and hauling out one.)

Celebrating the season with cake

Adding flowers to sprouting cakesSo. I had three activities lined up to celebrate the halfway point of Winter. Hardly surprising that it was the edible one that caught the children’s imagination. The one we’ve done before.

collecting the eggs

Youngest even rushed out to the hen house to collect the eggs we needed.

digging out sprouting cakes

There was talk of finding a little spade to dig out the hole at the top of the cake, ready to plant the sprouting shoots. That would be sweet. Maybe next year.

making imbolc candlemas cakes

We used my favourite chocolate tray bake recipe and divided it between the muffin cases. I added chocolate chips to act as pretend stones in the cakes. We debated how to make roots. Something to add next year.

Sprout cake cut in half

We used a pack of Renshaw icing to create the shoots beginning to burst through the soil. As a sign of the new life. The icing is the real reason the children love this activity. Not only can they have fun modelling it, but sooner or later, they will eat it. A sweet treat.

candlemas imbolc cakes craftTo make a change, we added a small bit of blue to some of the new growth. To give the impression of maybe hyacinth flowers readying to bloom.

A simple activity to celebrate the season, but it always goes down well. We’ve spotted the snowdrops in bloom along the lane, as we walk to school. This activity gave us a chance to discuss how nature was starting to wake up. Although some still slumbers.

choosing a sprouting cake

Almost forgot, this one is for you.

Happy Imbolc. Blessings for all. Looking to Candlemas tomorrow and more craft activities. If I can persuade anyone to join in……



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