Pagan Parenting: Autumn Equinox Crafts And Activities For Children

Looking for some great Autumn Equinox crafts and activities for your kids this harvest season? Liven up Mabon with some of these ideas.

GET SOME APPLES

Apples are ripe and plentiful and wonderful symbols of Mabon, the second harvest of the season. There are many things you can do with apples as sabbat activities (besides eating them- which is also great).

Slice an apple open horizontally across the center to reveal the sacred symbol of the pentacle.

Slice an apple in half vertically. Take some tempra paint in a paper plate, and lay out some brown paper. Have the children press the apple, sliced-side down, into the paint, and use it to stamp apple images on the brown paper. This can be used as wrapping paper, or decorated and hung as an autumn picture.

Let children use the painting technique above to stamp apple prints on sliding-glass doors or large windows and decorate your house for the fall.

Make apple sauce, fresh apple cider, or apple jelly.

MAKE A SCARECROW

A famous symbol of the harvest season, scarecrows can be made and planted in front of the house as a household guardian. Sew a long-sleeved shirt at the waist to a pair of old pants, then sew the cuffs on the sleeves and the pant legs closed. Let children stuff the scarecrow using fiber fill, old newspapers, or straw if you have it on hand. Then tie on some gloves and shoes. Use an old pillow case or potato sack stuffed up and set into the neck as the head. Children can paint faces on it, and top it off with an old hat. You can either prop your scarecrow up on a chair. You can also nail two boards together in a cross form and plant it firmly in the ground, then hang the scarecrow from it.

MAKE FALL CANDLES

These beautiful candles will look great adorning your harvest table. To make them, you will need some acorn squash, a sharp knife, a sturdy mellon ball scooper, a block of paraffin wax, some candle dye in autumn colors, and a roll of candle wick.



Take the squash and cut off the top part. Have the children scoop out the seeds and flesh of the inside until it is 1" thick. Use a mellon ball scooper to scrape along the inside following the natural scallops of the vegetable.

Grate your paraffin wax and place it in an old coffee can or pot. Place that into a larger pot, 1/4 filled with boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon until the wax is melted. Add the dyes (deep greens, browns, golden yellows and oranges look fabulous) and stir.

Take a piece of wick that is longer than the squash is tall. Stand your squash up on end, or lean it against something to help it stand. Take a pencil and poke a little hole (do not go through the skin) in the center bottom of the squash. Put the end of the wick into the hole, and tie the other end around a pencil. Lay the pencil across the top of the squash so that it holds the wick straight.

Carefully pour the melted wax into the squash. Leave it until it is completely set and hardened. Remove the pencil. You will have to break open the squash to get the candle out, but when you do you will have a candles that is shaped like the squash in beautiful fall colors. If the candle won't stand, heat an old pot or frying pan on the stove and rub the bottom of the candle firmly on it until you smooth and flatten the bottom enough for it to stand. Put it on a heat-proof plate before lighting.

TELL A STORY

The Autumn Equinox is commonly referred to as Mabon, named after the Celtic hero who went on a perilous journey. Search your library, bookstore or the internet for old Northern European folk tales and you will probably come across the story of Mabon. Read the story to children on the holiday- or let them perform a seasonal enactment by turning it into a script and assigning parts. It also can make for a great puppet show.

MAKE A DONATION

This is the season of abundance, though many people in the world today are doing without. Teach children the importance of helping others by celebrating the holiday in a charitable way. Collect canned and dried food from family and neighbors and take them to the local shelter or charity. Sign up to volunteer a few hours at a homeless shelter or food pantry.

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