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

It’s no accident that so many different societies choose to celebrate this time of year. Let’s face it. Who doesn’t like an excuse to celebrate? Especially after dark days and wintery weather. Brr.

Imbolc was yesterday. Candlemas and Groundhog Day are today. There is also the Chinese New Year that started on 28th January. Each one celebrates light and the new growing season, in their own way. So many traditions and myths. I’ve had a word with our local badger sett and they would prefer if I didn’t haul them out to check for their shadow.

We love to celebrate. We’ve made candles, cakes and lanterns in past years. How could we resist a craft project to celebrate the season? This year, we are making hand cranked storytelling craft. This is how we did it.

We used a small box, such as one that held tea or matches, or even a toilet tube, and cut out a window in the front.

Next we cut a strip of paper, which is as tall as the window in the box. Drawing a series of pictures, adding words and anything else that helped to tell our story.

Made four holes. Two in the top and two in the bottom, to put the rods through, which the paper strip rolls around. We used old felt tips, that had run dry, and pushed them through the holes as shown above.

With the pens in place, and using sticky tape, we attached one end of the picture strip to one of the pens. Rolled the paper around the pen, before sticking the other end of the strip to the second pen. Bit fiddly, but we got there in the end.

Carefully twisting the second pen to pull and wrap the paper strip around it. Transferring the paper from one pen to the other. And back again.

So many stories to tell and share. Encouraging children to tell stories. Voicing the tales as well as sharing the pictures.

I made a quick version to show the children, before we started. Not polished, but they got the idea.

Whether you light a candle or make a cake, I hope you find some way to celebrate the change of the season. Where ever you live.

Happy Candlemas/ Imbolc

Linking up to Fiona’s #Trash2Treasure linky. Have you been upcycling this month?

10 thoughts on “Winter turns to spring

    • Thursday 2 February, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Absolutely. Great for stretching their creativity.

  • Friday 3 February, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    What a great idea, I must try this with my kids they would love it.

    • Friday 3 February, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I’m glad you like it. It’s a simple idea, but each person can add their own touch to it and make it what they want. Hope your children enjoy making theirs.

    • Tuesday 7 February, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      It is a flexible craft that can be used for all sorts of projects.

  • Monday 6 February, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I love this, I have been saving Cadbury egg boxes from last Easter to do just this and still not got round to it. you have just re-inspired me and I think it may just be our half term craft.

    Thankyou for sharing on #Trash2Treasure

    • Tuesday 7 February, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      I can’t wait to see what spin you put on this activity. Thanks for hosting.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    That’s so clever! Fantastic idea!

    • Friday 10 February, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      It certainly gave them some entertainment.

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