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May Day Crowns made by Grade 2

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Here’s a branch of snowy May

A branch the fairies gave me

Who would like to dance today

With the branch the fairies gave me?

Dance away. dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

Dance away, dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

From Festivals, Family and Food

On Thursday May 3rd, Ms Crowley’s Grade 2 class made the crowns they will wear to the May Day festivities at the Waldorf School of Atlanta.

My inspiration was this photo, but we wanted the children to make their own crowns.    They turned out lovely!

We have 40”long pieces of raffia that are already bundled into 3 strands each (thanks Britt!) and knotted at 10”.  We  braided about 20”, knotted again and then have 10” left.  The two 10” pieces will be tied to fit each child.  We’ve gathered a springtime bounty of greens, vines, herbs, ferns and flowers.  We also had pieces of colorful ribbon added for décor and to help tie up any bits of greenery that need to be secured. 

The children needed to work in pairs – one braiding and one holding and then switch.  We were fortunate to have a few extra braiders so we could finish and be out of the classroom in an hour. 

All the ingredients for the crowns were laid out for the children to choose with no gender labels attached to anything.  Since we had items that were very fragrant, some let their noses be their guide.  Others were drawn to the texture and others to the colors.  It is always interesting to notice what items children choose to use in their crowns. 

Borrowing from the tradition of May Day Posies, these crowns are “talking” with the Victorian messages of the plants and the colors used.  What message did your child create with their crown?

Lemon balm- for health

Dandelion- wishes come true

Ivy- for fidelity, love & friendship

Honeysuckle- for generous affection

Periwinkle- for sweet remembrances

Clover – good luck, good education

Fern- sincerity

Juniper – protection

Baby’s Breath – happiness, pure in heart

Statice – lasting beauty

Yellow –friendship, increase productivity

Blue – patience, peace, truth, loyalty

Pink –personal harmony, friendship

Green – wellness, transformation

So those of you who know me (and love me anyway), you know I had enough materials for twice as many crowns as we have children in our class.  Ms Crowley just called with an idea for the WSA Community Services through Practical Arts group to make spring wall hangings.  So the leftover supplies will all be used tomorrow.  YAY!   

Thanks, Lindsey & Stephanie for helping braid and Britt for the lovely ferns & flowers! 

** May Pole paper mobile pattern is found in All Year Round

 

 © rw 2012

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