shrove tuesday – 25th february 2020, lent activity ideas & imaginative spring cleaning
shrove tuesday, lent and spring awakening
“Spring is in the air, my friends,And all is waking up.I think it’s time to wear a smile,Hold hands and share a cup.”March Meal Verse from ‘The Meadowsweet Year’, Caroline Acworth & Lucy Wallens
It is nearly time to celebrate Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday, the day before lent begins, and here below we have some different ideas to inspire for making some different types of lovely little Lent Gardens for the season table or a windowsill to watch grow during lent in the wait for Easter! This wondrous time of year with spring awakening is so magical and we love to bring it into the home to celebrate this long-awaited change in the season, as we look forward to days getting longer, weather milder, all of nature waking up and the coming Eastertide and its celebrations.
shrove tuesday – 25th february 2020
Our toys have been found enjoying their own pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday! The Snowdrop Fairy invited Gnome Ilex and the Crocus Fairy over for the tiniest pancakes you’ve ever seen! Then indoors the Waldorf Dolls have been stacking up their pancakes ready; the Elf Waldorf Doll and Frederik Gnome Doll can’t wait to eat them! We hope you will enjoy some pancakes this year too!
Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan,
Fry a pancake, toss a pancake, catch it if you can!”
verse from Festivals, Family and Food Book
lent garden activity
A sweet activity to do with children during Lent is to make a Lent Garden for the season table. We used a small jam jar under the moss for the cave and one of the blocks from the Gluckskafer Robinia Blocks for the front of it, gem stones and stones for the path and the Myriad Ostheimer Easter Animal Selection, and a Mini Felt Friends Butterfly to decorate the scene. We also added a Beeswax Candle. We had fun digging up some grass, moss and primroses in the garden but we could have also done it as just soil and sprinkled grass or wheat seeds to watch them slowly grow throughout lent, which we have done in the below fairy garden idea.
lent fairy garden
Another version we are doing here is a little Fairy Garden. In a terracotta dish we have put stones, soil, gemstones, and Branch Wood Play Counters to make a fairy path. We have then sprinkled the soil with grass seeds and during lent spray with water and keep it on a windowsill and watch the grass grow taller and taller the closer and closer we get to Easter…then some little Spring Flower Fairies can then move in and play and hide in the grass!
springtime nature garden
This nature garden for the windowsill to make is a celebration of all the awakening of spring and to watch tender plants spring forth from Mother Earth! We decorated a plate with soil, stones, crystals and moss and put wheat grass seeds, and spring flower seeds in the soil. We also put the Basil Eggling on it to watch the basil grow from seed in the egg, and put soil and seeds inside empty painted egg-shells, not forgetting to spray it with water everyday to help it grow. To play in the garden the Forget-Me-Not Fairy came along, joined by the Gluckskafer Felt Rabbit and Duck, Mini Felt Friends Rabbit, Butterfly and Bluebird. All placed on a Sunshine Sarah’s Silk. So magical to watch it grow and grow and to celebrate all of nature waking up.
imaginative spring cleaning
We’ve been inspired by this wonderfully uplifting book, ‘Homemaking and Personal Development’. The author, Veronika van Duin began her career as a homemaker forty years ago. Setting out with love, enthusiasm and idealism, she soon discovered that she had no idea of the magnitude of the task, feeling herself to be ‘very, very wanting’. As she writes: “…I felt guilty, pressurised and inadequate much of the time. I became increasingly conscious of my personal shortcomings. I also felt very alone, and sometimes lonely too…” It is from such humbling feelings that van Duin writes, offering support and hope for fellow homemakers. Veronica van Duin gives exercises for restoring balance, maintaining equilibrium, discovering understanding, creating joy, validating feeling, maintaining vitality and drive, developing insight, finding freedom, and much more.
“We can express our creativity through very mundane activities. Cleaning and cooking, gardening, the paper on which we paint. Seeing housework as drudgery dries up our creative talent. We should wake up to new imaginative thinking. We are entitled to the recognition that we are artists in daily life. Homemaking is varied enough to give countless opportunities for artistic talent. We would do well to remind ourselves of this startling truth. Art is not merely to paint, sculpt, make music, compose or act in such narrow terms. Every time we cook a meal we create a work of art. Every time we clean and arrange a room, we sculpt space. Every time we move through our daily chores in harmony with the things we use, we make music. And every time we interact imaginatively with our fellow house companions, we are acting on the stage of life.”
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This has inspired us to think differently about the upcoming task of spring cleaning! I’m looking forward to the creative expression of sculpting spaces, rearranging rooms and artistically enjoying looking after the home and garden.
We have some beautiful products in the natural living range, perfectly suited to making the daily chores a harmonious and creative experience.
With our journal posts and social media posts on festivals of the year, Myriad wishes to share ideas that can inspire families and other groups to add richness to their lives. We are inspired by communities that share the Anthroposophical impulse, such as Waldorf education. The festivals we partake in and share ideas about may contain elements from different spiritual streams that interweave to give us spiritual nourishment today. Myriad do not wish to suggest any particular stream is better or more important than any other, or exclude, or relegate. We want to share festival traditions that we believe will support, encourage and reinforce our connection to nature and to something much greater than ourselves. We believe the terrain is the same for all of us, we just use different ‘maps’. As Rudolf Steiner said “Love is higher than opinion”. We hope that the ‘universal truths’ that radiate through many traditions can be recognised, thereby enriching us culturally and spiritually.