The spring equinox is upon us, and the girls and I have been having fun getting ready. While looking for ideas of things to do with them, I noticed a serious lack of information on the Web about how to include small children in Pagan/Wiccan celebrations. So I thought I’d share what we do with you. If you are looking for some other great ideas, I highly recommend the book Circle Round by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill. It is chock-full of stories, songs, and craft ideas.
I’ve been telling them the story of Persephone and reading them Rupert’s Tales, story-poems about a sweet little rabbit who is learning about the different Pagan holidays. We’ve been listening to a lot of Ostara Songs, but the big favorite is by Lisa Thiel. Laurel likes to sing along with that one, even if she gets most of the words wrong.
Yesterday we made Ostara cookies, because nothing says “spring” more than the marriage of eggs, butter, and flour. Get the recipe for these super good gluten free sugar cookies here. We painted them with “cookie paint” before they were baked. Just mix half an egg yolk with a smidgen of water and some food coloring, then let your little artists have at it.
Today we dyed Ostara eggs. What makes Ostara eggs different from Easter eggs? Not a dang thing. I wish I could tell you that I made my very own all natural dyes from different plants, but I would be lying. I am too sick and tired to do that stuff right now. So a Paas egg dying kit from Target was what we used. For the record, the “magic crayon” that comes with it is useless. I was so let down that my pretty designs didn’t show up. Thankfully, the girls didn’t care.
Since eggs are such a big part of Ostara, tomorrow we’ll be celebrating by eating Ham, Egg, and Potato Bake off of the adorable plates that the girls picked out at Target. For dessert it is traditional to have custard, but I’m making a bunny shaped vanilla cake with coconut icing. Because….cake.
Long before dinner, however, the girls will wake up to their Ostara “baskets.” Traditionally, these would be made from wicker or grape vines or some other lovely natural material. But my girls get baskets as Easter. This year for Ostara they are getting metal pails filled with gardening supplies. Then we will plant the little seeds they got in mason jars, so they can watch them grow.
I don’t think we are going to actually hide any eggs for the girls to find this year, since it is still pretty cold outside and our new puppy would eat anything we hid in the house, but they will enjoy eating them all the same. Luckily, they are still to young to know any differently. And before you get up in arms about the lack of candy in their buckets, have no fear…. they will get plenty next month when they get to pretty much do all of this over again, but on a much bigger scale.