Pagan Parenting: Lughnasad Crafts And Activities For Children

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

BAKE SOME BREAD

There is no activity more suited for Lughnasadh than bread baking. Lughnasadh is the first of the harvest festivals, and the predominant symbol of the season is the ripening grain.

Try any basic bread recipe and add your own seeds and dried herbs into the mix, such as sage, sunflower seeds, lavender, thyme, rosemary, and fennel. Everyone should take turns (or take a portion of the dough) and knead it together. As you knead, chant a harvest prayer, such as, "The Sun God is never really dead; he's always living in our bread." The kneading and chanting works up a positive energy that will permeate the loaf, and be a powerful blessing upon those who consume it.

Shape the loaf on a cookie sheet. You can make it into the crude shape of a man, representing the Sun God, or as a sun by making a large, round center and attaching smaller pieces of dough around it that have been rolled out into conical shapes. This type of shaped loaf makes for a very festive harvest feast.



MAKE A HARVEST WREATH

The beautiful colors and textures of the fall season become available at this time of year. Take advantage of them by putting them together in a wreath. Get a grapevine wreath and, using a hot glue gun, attach dried wheat, leaves, flowers, herbs, and seeds. Tie an autumn colored ribbon around it and hang it somewhere- it will make a lovely embellishment to your home until after Thanksgiving.

ASK FOR LUGH'S BLESSINGS

Lugh, the Celtic God for whom the sabbat was named, is known as a many-skilled God. This is a prime time to ask for His blessings. Take any items or tools you use for the skills in which you want those blessings. If you are an artist, ask Lugh to bless your paint brushes or pencils. If you are a writer, ask for blessings on your keyboard. A carpenter might ask for blessings on tools, while a homemaker might ask for blessings on cooking utensils. Whatever your special gift that you wish to flourish this year, bring forth to your altar or harvest table some representation of it and, with a short prayer, ask the skilled God for His blessings.

MAKE PRESERVES

At this harvest time, even if you have no garden to call your own, you can find lots of ripe fruits and vegetables at farmer's markets and grocery stores. Capture the flavor of the season by making your own preserves or canning your own vegetables. Every time throughout the rest of the year that children open and eat something, they will remember the importance of the season of abundance in which the Earth bestowed such bounty.

Even if you have never preserved anything before, you can make some simple fruit preserves with ripe berries or pickle some kirby cucumbers with a minimum of supplies and ingredients. Check your local library or bookstore for instructions and recipes. Allow children to help as much as they can for their age, but adults should handle any heating and hot substances. Even young children will enjoy participating by helping to select ingredients and decorating labels for the jars.

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