May Day Craft: Make a secret basket

May Day (May 1st)

May Day, May 1st always signifies Spring to me and it is a day that has been celebrated for centuries. In England traditionally it was associated with Morris dancing, crowning a May queen and dancing round a maypole. When I was at school this was a mjor event. We all wanted to be the popular may queen or one of her lovely attaendents. I got lucky and got chance to play the triangle on the float. Heady days.  I was so jealous of the May Queen!

If there is an event on near you and you can take your child to see a may fair clelebration  I am sure they will love it, it is so colourful and lively.

Here is a sweet traditions for May Day you may enjoy to craft together;

A May Day basket for your neighbour

One of the oldest May Day traditions is to hang a basket with flowers or other small gifts on a neighbour’s doorknob. This probably dates from more neighbourly times but it is still a good thing to get on with them next door.

The trick is you don’t want the neighbour to see you! If you get caught, you are supposed to give your neighbour a little a kiss. Your child will love this sneaking about!

To make the basket for this craft you very simply cut a triangle out of construction paper and roll into a cone, Let your child decorate it anyway they wish. Next you tape a pipe cleaner across the top for a little handle, which is perfect for hanging on a doorknob. Fill as you please. You could perhaps pop in a daffodil from your garden ( or one you have made)  or fill with a handful of sweets or a few biscuits – nothing too heavy or the whole thing will cave in (we learnt this to our dismay!)

may day craft

Have fun and happy May Day

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  1. May 3, 2011 / 11:07 pm

    This is a wonderful idea – I”ll be showing this to my daughter tomorrow, it’s exactly the type of thing she’d love to do =]

    Thanks also for the heads-up about our ebook – I’d had a notice in my e-reader but the link led to a 404 page. Glad I’ll still be able to buy it =]

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