Now is the time that many Pagan families and homeschoolers are preparing activities for Ostara. Your friendly neighborhood Pagan mommy and inkslinger would like to share a small list of activities that you may enjoy, whether in the happiness of your hearths, or in the companionable company of your local Pagan family groups. So gather round and hop on over to the screen as your local Detroit Paganism Examiner offers you a list of Ostara activities for 2015.
- Make a gardening apron together. Patches of old clothing, pillow cases, or even scraps from the fabric store and some fabric glue are all you need to make this a good time. Cut the pieces in to patterns such as flowers, rabbits, eggs, and suns, or whatever comes to mind that makes you think of Spring. Glue them on and keep the energy of Ostara with you in the garden all year.
- Have an old broken terra cotta pot just lying around? Make a faery house for the garden or yard. Put it in the corner of the property and cover with soil and moss. Glue on a small door. Add glitter and a tiny fashion doll sized plate for cream and cake and you are all set.
- Make marshmallow bird’s nest treats. This is a great way to remind the children that the birds are returning. It is also a good conversation starter with older children for a lesson in biology. This is the time that in natural settings the chickens would start to lay again. Have them investigate as to why that is.
- Color eggs with natural dyes. Again, both fun and educational, have them guess what color each natural material will make when boiled. Have them record their observations (and surprises). This link to Martha Stewart’s page will give you a great list of instructions and dye ideas.
- Make a feather wreathe. Some patience, floral wire, multicolored feathers, and pussy willows, will get you started on an amusing adventure in sculpture. Follow the link to Willow Day for complete instructions.
- Wake the faeries! The video accompanying this column give a fun window into how this is done. Pots and pans are mandatory.
- Make a spring diorama. A mason jar, some craft dough, chenille sticks, and a few other supplies combine will make an heirloom craft that will last for generations. Pictures and directions for this project are at Imagination Station online.
- And not least of all, tell them the stories behind the day and the season. For a shared experience at bedtime, listen to the free mp3 at Storynory of “Tim learns where Easter Eggs come from”
- Make seed bombs. Just be sure they are noninvasive species. Wildflowers are best.
The number of activities that you can do are only limited by your imagination. Everything from making Ostara altars to preparing a feast. The choices are endless. But childhood is not. Do not miss the times that are here and make your family traditions. From my family, to yours, have a Blessed Ostara.