Every Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox, we take that as a chance to send our family and friends some happy mail. I use any excuse I can to send grandparents and great grandparents cute little gifts from the kids. I made up this Ostara Cards free printable template to make it easy for you to as well. Kids love to be involved, and sending mail is so much fun! Plus, maybe if they are lucky whoever they send mail to will reciprocate and send them back a surprise in the mail too!
My friends and family are used to my eccentricities. I am the only pagan in my family, but lots of pagan-friendly friends and family. I think even if people get cards that say Ostara on it, they don’t care as they take it in the spirit it was meant. It’s more fun for everyone as they get to learn something new, and not following the Pagan wheel of the year it’s a surprise when they may receive a random gift from us. Seriously, make friends who are part of a different spirituality, it makes things much more unexpected with extra holidays around and you learn so much!
Do you prefer to do things paperless? You like to save the environment? Or simply want to save time and resources by doing it all online? I have another option for you too, I got a sample at Paperless Post to try out their really cool site. It’s a great alternative to still send some fun cards to your family and friends, but a lot easier as you can do it all online. Some really fun ways to customize a card to send to someone. It’s easy to find individual cards for each person you want to send a fun surprise too, there are even free options so make sure you check it out!
As part of the Kid Craft Challenge held by Kim over at The Resourceful Mama, I had to come up with a pom pom craft this month. I decided to do a spring tree with my daughter and am thrilled with how it turned out.
Twigs collected from outside
A pretty string, ribbon or thread to tie the sticks
Pom poms in various Spring colours
Grab a pretty ribbon to tie around the base of the sticks (a few inches from the base) tightly and around and around to try and anchor them together.
Use the glue gun to attach the pom poms to the tree.
Once again, use the glue gun to attach the butterfly decorations, I liked to put them on the pom poms as it almost looked like flowers and they were landing on it.
I put them in a vase and filled the vase with the remaining pom poms to help stabilize it in the vase.
My three-year-old, Bee, loved helping with this. She had seen me use a glue gun before and desperately wanted to use it so I used this as a great opportunity to teach her about glue gun safety and hot/burning. I put the glue on the tree branch and she attached the pom pom on top, being careful not to touch, or I put it directly on the pom pom and squeezed it onto the branch. Bee even helped me squeeze the trigger and put the glue on the pom pom or butterfly, it was a lot of fun and she had a great time picking out the coloured pom poms for me to put on or which one she wanted to put on next.
Are you looking for other ways to celebrate Ostara or Spring?
Here are my past crafts as part of the Kids Craft Challenge:
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs below to see what pom pom crafts they came up with.
My daughter loves to send mail and give presents, so we use any excuse (usually seasonal) to send out some cards to people. It’s a great activity to do with kids and really helps to build the excitement of a holiday. I love how it teaches her about giving to other people. It is better to give then receive, let’s drill that into them now!
I cut out all the printables and had my daughter pick out the scrap book paper and type of seeds to go with each person. We glued the printable on the front and the seeds on the back. Then she decorated some with markers and stickers, depending on her mood.
We had a blast and it took up over half an hour of the dreaded “witching hour” as we were waiting for daddy to come home on Friday afternoon and have dinner. She asked to make some for her Nursery School teachers too and loved handing them out to family, teachers, and a few friends. Plus of course dropping some off in the mailbox.
Ostara is also known as the spring equinox. It is the time of year when day and night are once again equal. This is when you celebrate new beginnings, fertility, the rebirth of the earth, the return of Persephone, balance between light and dark, and the Goddess Eostar . Ostara is a great celebration to have with your family.
Egg-related activities and crafts such as dying eggs, making egg crafts and egg-related games.
Celebrate the rebirth of the earth by planting seeds to grow into flowers (indoor or outdoors depending on where you are).
Spring is the time of year lots of little baby animals are being born, you can do crafts and decorations of lambs, chicks, calves, bunnies, birds, etc.
Take a spring walk and try to notice and explain the differences in the changing of the seasons from Winter to Spring. The melting of the snow, the plants shooting up, the leaves coming back on the trees.
Share an Ostara meal with your family. I don’t know about your family, but Easter is a busy time with everyone wanting to see us and celebrate. We are very lucky, my family live close to us so didn’t mind coming over to celebrate Ostara with us instead of Easter (which this year is just the week before, usually it is weeks before) and my in-laws have us over for the weekend for amazing Italian family meals with all the relatives close by. It works great this year as we still get to celebrate with everyone.
Have an egg hunt! Eggs are all about fertility and rebirth and this is how the egg hunts got started! My kids love hunting for eggs. Last year I made some into shakers (filling them with rice, beans, hazelnuts, pasta) to make different sounds when shaken and taped shut. I stayed away from chocolate except for a chocolate bunny, because what better way to celebrate the hare than by eating one 🙂 We make sure to leave one for the goddess too at our outside altar.
Make an outdoor altar! If you have a convenient tree hang some eggs from it, decorate a small space with some flowers, seeds, and anything else you want to offer to the gods.
Get baking! Bake something that features eggs prominently. I may be going for the sweet egg approach and incorporating mini eggs or cream eggs into mine.
Make a Spring bonnet. Showcase the flowers that are sprouting this season, and anything that screams Spring to your kids.
Send Spring cards to your friends. I like to include a packet of seeds in my cards to invite them to celebrate with us, even from long distance, by planting some new plants too.
Spring is coming and with it the Spring Equinox, Ostara, Easter, whatever you celebrate. I am about done with Winter and cannot wait for Spring. My kids still love doing footprint and handprint art (though it has been awhile), so we decided to make a Footprint Egg Wreath. The idea being the footprints are supposed to represent the eggs.
First I picked out three colours for the “eggs” and had Bee do two colours (three prints per colour) then she was too distracted (I blame Grandpa) so baby Po helped me with the other colour. I painted their foot (re-applying each time) and stamped it on the paper.
Personally, I wanted a yellow decoration at the top, so Po got his hand painted yellow and stamped on the paper (which I am excited to say at one years old he knows how to do on the paper himself!).
While that dried I found a large bowl and drew a circle on my old cardboard box, then I used a container lid (aka smaller circle) and drew that in the middle, cutting it out to form a wreath.
I painted the wreath blue, because that was the colour paint left that I had the most of. I set this aside to dry.
Grabbing the scissors I cut out the prints.
Time to decorate the eggs:
Next I gave Bee some washi tape to decorate the “eggs”, unfortunately, getting a three year old to do this means they do NOT look like eggs and don’t really have a pattern at all, she was also only interested in using one of the tapes and no interest in the other ones so they are not as colourful as I had hoped, but she did it herself!
We glued the footprints around the outside of the wreath, the goal was alternating colours, but again, three year olds have a mind of their own and Bee had her own ideas of where she wanted stuff.
Lastly we finished off by gluing the hands at the top and having it hold the egg printable.