The Easter Blessing Tree
and then potted up a fallen branch, painted some of it's leaves gold, and hung the blessing cards on the tree. Each child took one card home to write/draw an Easter blessing on. These were then brought back to playgroup and hung on the Blessing Tree for someone else to choose at our Easter celebration, and recieve a lovely message on Easter morning.
I wanted to create the experience of a hunt, without the focus on chocolate or sweets. Felted eggs can also be used over and over again as children recreate their own Easter hunts.
The children then had a wonderful time wet felting them, to make the eggs for our treasure hunt
12 little fleece hares were also made.
For instructions see www.mamamoontime.com/2009/08/how-to-make-knot-rabbit.html
Easter Celebration Day
This year we held our Easter celebration at Daisy Hill Reserve. Although the weather was looking a little uncertain, there is a wonderful undercover BBQ area which we set up in.
They looked like Autumn forest fairies!
The Treasure Hunt...
There were baskets of all colours, shapes and sizes...
Treasures were found, each one lighting a spark of excitement to hold within us over Easter ...Easter hares, felted eggs, and little bags of wheat grass seeds, all to create our own Easter gardens at home.
Dying Easter Eggs...
Whilst the Easter egg can be seen as a symbol of new life and beginnings, it is also holding a secret. The golden yolk within can be seen as a representation of the golden sun, its light which we carry within us over the darker, colder months.
We used coloured crepe paper and water to dye some hard boiled eggs. The water holds the paper to the eggs and makes the colours run. Leave the paper on for a while until not quite dry then peel off and the colours should remain.
The Easter BBQ...
After a rocky start the BBQ's fired up, and we cooked up eggs, organic sausages, sliced eggplant, pumpkin, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes...and of course home made hot cross buns were also waiting for us.
Finally food! What a feast and it was delicious! And what a lovely experience it is to share good food with our friends.
With our eyes we see the beauty of Easter.., hues of red, gold, brown as the Earth prepares to rest.
With our ears we hear the birdsong drifting of the breeze.., sweet, echoing, calling.
With our hands we gather our Autumn harvest.., and taste the sweet fruits of our summers work...
And with our hears we feel Joy and Love
May you always walk in sunshine, may you never want for m ore
May the angels of peace and contentment, rest their wings beside your door.
Light and love
The bright colours of summer fade fast in the dawn of Autumn
The joy of Easters promise delivers sweet reason to sing.
And finally one last visitor... not quite the Easter Hare, but just as exciting!
Wishing everyone a beautiful easter to treasure with your loved ones.