Thursday, April 30, 2009

May Day songs, crafts and activities

This time of year the traffic on my blog goes way up as people are searching for all things Maypole and May Day. So in an effort to give the masses what they want, I thought I'd post what I plan to do at our may day festivities this year. You're welcome, internets. (And sorry... I should have done this sooner. I have been a bit busy.)

First of all I'll pull the May Pole out of the closet, where it has sat since last year. I made it out of a broom handle by winding ribbon around the pole and securing with tape, then tying several long ribbons to the loop in the top. I jerry-rigged a stand by putting the pole in a cup full of rocks inside a bucket full of rocks. Then I tossed some flowers on top of the rocks to make it look pretty. Admittedly, after a few times around the pole it came loose and got a little wobbly. I will try to come up with a better system this year.
Last year the girls loved just going around the pole. They did it over and over and over. If they seem in the mood maybe this year I'll have them sing:
Ring around the Maypole
with flowers from the fairies we stole

Ribbons, Ribbons

We wind around!

You can find more songs here.

It is said that fairies are a bit easier to find on May Day, and so this year I plan to do more fairy crafts. Like these flower friends and petal fairies I found at Family Fun. Maybe we'll even make a fairy house.

Since our guests may not still have their floral crowns from last year I think I'll make floral headbands by hot gluing felt flowers on plastic headbands

I think we'll make some cool flowers out of soda bottles. See a photo tutorial here.

We may color some coloring sheets that I found here, here, and here.

If I have enough empty glass bottles around I may decorate with these May "Baskets." Find more may basket ideas at The Crafty Crow

If that's not enough ideas for you, you can check out last year's May Day party plan and learn why I call myself Painted Maypole, and thus have adopted May Day as my blog's official holiday.

With all this May Day hullabaloo, I have to confess that on the actual day I will not be dancing around the Maypole, but rather I'll be dancing around jazz fest. We'll celebrate over the weekend, and I hope to have some pictures to post then.

Happy May Day!


Anonymous said...

you are making me look bad :)

thailandchani said...

Very, very pretty! :) I wish I could see something like that in person.


Amy Y said...

Happy May Day!
Have fun! :)

All Rileyed Up said...

Fun list! I love the flower petal fairies. The kids and I are making them over the weekend as cards for the their teachers for teacher appreciation week.

Controlling My Chaos said...

Geez Louise, Is it already May?!!!!

Girlplustwo said...

it's funny, b/c i kinda think of today as your day, so when i came over i couldn't help but start to smile.

imbeingheldhostage said...

VERY pretty. Happy May Day PM!

Aunt Becky said...

I woke up and thought of you today. Happy Mayday, Miss Maypole.

Furrow said...

What a great day to claim. Such fun. Happy You day!

Kat said...

I hope you are having a fabulous May Day! :)

Marie Reed said...

This is sooooo much FUN! A wholg blog evoted to May Day is so up my alley!

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