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Time to smile

"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

craft activity for 3- 5 year olds

Ways to celebrate May Day

may day cake

Almost May Day. I’ve been mulling over how to celebrate this year. Last year we made a maypole cake. Using jelly babies as the dancers. I’m pretty sure that the children will want to make another one this year.

dancing round the maypole

I couldn’t let May Day pass without heading off to watch a local maypole dancing event. (the eternal search for bubbly pie continues)

laughterThey’ll be flower headdresses to make. And faces to wash.

planting on Earth Day

Seeds to plant.

garden goddessesAnd goodness knows, our Garden Goddesses need a bit of re-styling. (Ahem. Several years in the garden have not been kind to them.) Our gardening could do with the blessing.

peacock well dressingAnd if we have time, it would be fun to experiment with well dressing again.

apple blossomBut as sure as eggs are eggs, there will be blossom to enjoy. (Blossom testing)

I’m sure we will celebrate the season with old favourites, and possibly with a few new activities thrown in. As ever my head is overflowing with possibilities.

Whether you are looking forward to celebrating May Day, Beltane, or just enjoying the long weekend, I hope you’ve found a few more family fun ideas to enjoy, from my list. How do you celebrate May Day?

may day ideas for the family and children

Making Bath Bombs with Children

bath bomb moulds

Yesterday, I spent a lovely morning with a classroom of 4-5 year olds. I admit that does sound like a recipe for a headache, but it really wasn’t. They were so calm and peaceful. By the time I left at lunchtime, I felt less stressed than I had started the day. We were making bath bombs. My second Christmas crafting session with school.

A couple of years ago, I posted instructions on how to make bath bombs with children here, but as time has passed, I have made a few alterations to the way I do it. Time for a little update, I think.

bath bomb fun

The main change is to use silicon moulds instead of the paper cases and plastic cups. I now use an ice cube silicon tray which I cut up into individual moulds. I’ve found that if the mixture is the right consistency and packed tightly enough in the mould, then they can be gently pushed out of the mould within seconds. Then left to dry on top of the bag.

The red heart shape moulds have been the most popular. The resulting bath bomb looks so smooth and pretty. Some were speckled with lavender flowers. I wish I had taken photos today, as the rows of heart shaped bath bombs looked just perfect.

bath bomb making

I’m looking forward to this weekend, as I’ll be making bath bombs with my own children. I keep it simple at school, but we can be that little bit more creative at home. Can’t wait!

Bath bombs make great handmade presents. Especially at Christmas. If you have ever thought of making bath bombs take a look at step-by-step guide (It is my most popular post ever). They are so easy to make (my children started making them at 3 years old) and a lot cheaper than buying them ready made.

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