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Little rainy day fun

Nov. 2nd, 2006 | 03:15 pm
posted by: crows_warning in pagan_kids

I wanted to post a couple of fun recipes from our Pixie Play pre-school to do at home. When it's just too wet or cold to run wild, give these a try. It's really fun observing how children get involved with these.



Flubber/Slime

You will need:

Elmer's Glue All Glue
Warm Water
20 Mule Team Borax detergent WARNING: Borax should not be ingested.
Food colour ( optional )
Glitter ( optional )
2 Bowls ( plastic is ok )

1. An adult should mix together 2 cups of glue and 1-1/2 cups of water in a bowl. stirring well. The child can help.

2. Put 2 cups of warm water into the other bowl. Add 1/4 cup of Borax

3. Child can add 2-3 drops of food colour into the glue mixture. Stir well. Or if you don't want to mess with the food colouring, try the glitter instead.

4. Adult or child can pour the glue mixture into the Borax mixture.

5. Ask the child to reach into the bowl and pull out the substance.

6. The substance will be somewhat stringy. Ask the child to put it on a tray/plastic plate and squeeze out the water.

7. Take the original water/borax container and set aside, the substance is not to go back in the water. Life up the flubber and dry up any excess water on the tray/plate with a paper towel.

8. Let the child play with this stuff. Make sure to play with it while wearing a smock and over hard floors. This stuff will stick to clothing/carpet fibers. When finished, keep it in an air tight container. It will eventually grow mold, so don't keep it too long if it's not being played with.

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Play Dough Recipe

You will need:

1 C flour
1 C water
1/2 C salt
1 T.oil
2 T. cream of tartar
Food colouring

Include your child in any part of the process you feel they can handle. Put 2-3 drops of food colouring into the water. Mix all ingredients together. When well mixed, cook over medium heat on the stove. Stir continuously as the dough starts to form. Cook until firm. Take off the heat. Allow to cool and knead. Give to child to play with. Keep it in a plastic covered container or a zip lock.

Feel free to share these with your friends.

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Jul. 23rd, 2006 | 06:57 am
posted by: ladyepona in pagan_kids

Lammas is a holiday that honors teachers, coaches, tutors, and friendss--all those who give of their time, sharing their skills and love with children. Plan on honoring them in some way; with a blessing, by giving them an identifying sprig of greenery to wear.

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Lughnasad,

Jul. 23rd, 2006 | 06:54 am
posted by: ladyepona in pagan_kids

or Lammas, is the holiday that celebrates the beginning of the harvest season. Summer is at its height, but already the days are growing shorter and we know that autumn is on its way. Some things in the garden, are ripe; others are still not ready. The grain is standing in the fields but not yet harvested.

Lammas is a time to think about our hopes and fears. We hope that we’ll be able to pick and eat all the things we worked hard to grow—but a lot could still happen.

We could have bad storms or scorching sun or high winds. In some geographical areas, Lammas is the beginning of the most dangerous part of the year for fire. Due to the lack of rain in the summertime, the trees and grass and brush are dry, dry, dry!

To harvest, we must cut down the plants we’ve tended so carefully. To people who live close to the earth and growing things, this almost feels like killing a person. We mourn and grieve for the spirit of the grain and the green things. We honor them because they give us life by letting us eat them. We feel sad that summer must end for us to rap the harvest. But we feel happy, too, thinking about all the good things we’ll have to eat! Just as the Summer Solstice taught us that we can feel happy and sad at the same time. Lammas teaches us to feel sad and happy.

Because Lammas comes at the season when the grain and many fruits first begin to ripen, it is always a time for special offerings. The first fruits to ripen and the first grain that was ready to reap were considered especially sacred, as if they carried within them the spirit of the goddess herself. The bees are very active now, and their sweet, golden honey is a symbol of this sunny time.

At the Summer Solstice we learned to be generous, to sow many seeds. Now, at Lammas, we must learn to be protectors and nurturers of what we’ve planted. We become full partners with the Goddess and God.

In ancient Ireland and throughout the British Isles, Lammas was a time for great fairs and markets. It marked a time of sacred peace. As the fruits ripened, people brought their crops to market. For country people who rarely saw anyone from outside their village, this must have been one of the most exciting days of the year, when they could meet friends from far away, see new faces, learn new customs. No one was allowed to disturb the holiday peace by fighting, thieving, or making war.

Are you fighting with anyone? Have you quarreled with a friend, or with your brothers or sisters? Now is a good time to make peace by doing something fun together.

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WICCANING CEREMONY

Jul. 15th, 2006 | 05:08 pm
posted by: ladyepona in pagan_kids

A wiccaning/saining ritual welcomes a child into the “world family,” providing protection for the child as he or she grows in the material world. A wiccaning ceremony can be done soon after the child is born or can be up to 3 years old. Sometimes when parents join the Craft they ask the high priest or priestess to perform a wiccaning ceremony for children anywhere from birth to ten years old. You may live in a household where your mom and dad would be delighted if you do a wiccaning for your new sibling. If this is the case, here is a simple ritual that the family can do.

SUPPLIES:

General altar setup of the four elements; illuminator candles; a new baby blanket; and eight thirteen-inch long ribbons. Carefully sew the ribbons onto a blanket, thinking of what they stand for as you sew. (other idea’s if the child is no longer an infant are: Take same color ribbons 3 times the height of the child and weave them into a cord; if it is a girl, make a flower wreath and use the ribbons on the back to dangle down; or find and idea which you like and works for your child).

Each ribbon’s color stands for a special gift:

WHITE: The figt of spiritual success and free will, and the purification of Spirit.

SILVER: The gift of psychism and the love of the Goddess.

BLUE: The gift of communication and intelligence.

GREEN: The gift of healing and attunement with nature.

YELLOW: The gift that all needs will be met in a positive way and that joy be a constant companion.

GOLD: The gift of wisdom and discernment.

RED: The gift of courage, laughter, and right action.

PURPLE: The gift of communication with your guardian.



INSTRUCTIONS:

Cleanse the area with the four elements. Stack any physical gifts for the baby by the altar. At the core of the ritual, bless the baby with holy water (just a touch), saying:

May you be cleansed, consecrated, and regenerated
In the name of our Lord and Lady.
May your feet always walk the path of love
And enlightenment. So Mote it be.


Then pass the four elements over the baby, asking each for love and enpowerment in his or her forthcoming life.

Place the blanket around the baby, saying:

Welcome back, little one!
May the Mother’s blessings shower thee
With the love of family and friends
By my hand on your head I empower thee
In this Circle that never ends.
I give you these gifts of life
And enchantment—



Touch each ribbon as you repeat the gift, then hold your hands over the baby and envision all the gifts coalescing into a ball of light that surrounds the baby. Draw an equal-armed cross (or a pentagram) over the baby, saying:

These gift are yours to keep or to discard
When you come of age to understand them,
May you use them wisely.
So Mote it Be.



If there are other gifts to be given to the baby, do so now, then close the ritual in the normal way.

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FIRST BLOOD BLESSING

Jul. 9th, 2006 | 08:08 am
posted by: ladyepona in pagan_kids

This entry for someone who asked and for all woman...remember...
Be free, be strong, be yourself, be lucky, be proud to be a woman, be loved and loving. May your body always be a blessing to you, a temple of love and pleasure. May your womb bear fruit at your desire. May you always remember that your power to create is of the body, but not bound by the body. May you bear many different kinds of fruit.

Honor your blood that waxes and wanes with the moon, for it is the living presence of the Goddess. May your blood flow gently, without pain, reminding you that within you lies the circle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth.

Yours is the power to open or close the gates of life, and yours is the responsibility to be a conscious guardian. Open to the embrace of love when you choose, and when you do not choose, may you be inviolable. Care for your body as you would for a sacred grove, and care for those you love. May your life be rich with many forms of love; passion, affection, devotion, compassion, humor and playfulness, wild adventures, and a safe hearth to come home to. May you find lovers, partners, friends, and companions, those who will nurture you and those whom you will nurture. Know that you are unique and precious, that no one else can take your place. Blessed Be…

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COMING OF AGE BLESSING FOR A YOUNG MAN

Jul. 9th, 2006 | 08:08 am
posted by: ladyepona in pagan_kids

Be free, be strong, be yourself, be lucky, be proud to be a man, be loved and loving. May your body always be a blessing to you, a temple of love and pleasure. May the seeds you plant with awareness take root and grow. May you always remember that your power to create is of the body but not bound by the body. May you sow many different kinds of seeds.
Honor the tides and rhythms of your body, the moments of rising and falling, of hardness and softness, of the swelling of passion and its spilling out, for they are the living presence of the God, and within you lies the circle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth.

Yours is the power to plant the seeds of life, and yours is the responsibility to be a conscious guardian of that power. When you sow seeds, may no tend the new growth and care for the next generation. Open to the embrace of love when you choose, and when you do not choose, may you be inviolable. Care for your body as you would for a sacred grove, and care for those you love. May your life be rich with many forms of love: passion, humor and playfulness, wild adventures, and a safe hearth to come home to. May you find lovers, partners, friends, and companions, those who will nurture you and those whom you will nurture. Know that you are unique and precious, that no one else can take your place. Blessed Be…

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UNRITUALS: SECRETS AND GIFTS

Jul. 9th, 2006 | 08:07 am
posted by: ladyepona in pagan_kids

Adolescence is known for being a difficult and contrary time. We adults may want to guide and bless our children as they face new challenges and pass through new stages, but we have no guarantee that our children will submit to being guided and blessed. We may even feel that the more importance we place on marking our teenagers’ passages, the more they resist us.
There are subtle ways, however, of honoring these transitions even when we do not create formal rituals. These unrituals might center around revelations and gifts.

The telling family secrets can itself become a rite of passage, honoring a child’s growing maturity. Another simple rite of passage might be the giving of a special gift.

An elegant, simple, private unritual can occur during one of those moments of intimacy that just happen when you reveal to your daughter or son something that was secret, and then give a gift that has both intrinsic value and sentimental meaning.

Of course, this unritual presupposes that you have some secrets to share.

Today secrets have a bad name, as we identify them with shame, incest, abuse, and addiction. Those are secrets that destroy families and harm individuals.

But not all secrets are damaging. Some boundaries around knowledge can actually be empowering. A rite of passage requires a mystery, and a rich family life requires a few secrets.

Too much openness can be a burden on children. In Goddess tradition, we have secrets not because we are hiding something we’re ashamed of, but because knowledge is useful if it comes at the right time, when one is prepared in the proper way to make use of it.

How do you tell a difficult secret? Today, the secrets my mother so cautiously imparted to me would not be secret at all. We wonder why they were ever hidden. But modern life and technology have presented us with new dilemmas that, while not necessarily a cause for shame, may still be painful or awkward to talk about. When is the right moment to say, “Oh, by the way, your father is not your biological father”? Or “I took fertility drugs in order to have you, I got pregnant with six fetuses, and four of them were ‘selectively terminated’”?

Eventually, we all need to know the truth about our origins and our families. There are important medical as well as identity reasons to know who our biological parents are. Subtle distortions creep into any relationship when it is based on concealment.

But truth must be told only when a child is mature enough to integrate it. Consider a child’s level of understanding, listen to your child’s dreams and your own, and meditate on the questions. If necessary, do some divination—read the Tarot, the runes, use a pendulum, whatever for you are most comfortable with.

Find the right moment to tell. That moment might come as part of a coming-of-age ritual, or as an informal unritual, as suggested. Something very personal and perhaps disturbing might better be told privately, in a one on one exchange rather than in the midst of a group ritual, so that the child can have space to experience her/his own emotions untainted by those of other people around him/her.

Consider whether this truth is best told by the people most intimately involved with your child, or by an aunties, uncle, grandparent, or friend, someone one step removed and perhaps less emotional involved.

Once a secret is shared with a child, it is no longer a secret. Never burden a child with knowledge he/she is forbidden to share with others. Never, never, never put a child in the position of having to keep a secret from a parent, sibling, or other person in close relationship.

Make sure your child has ongoing support in the following days and weeks, as he/she integrates his/her new knowledge. Make time to be with him/her, and encourage him/her to seek out others.

Let your child know that these gifts and revelations are a mark of your trust and recognition of his growth. Whether or not you create a more formal rite of passage, be sure to tell your child that to you, this unritual marks his/her entrance into a new stage of life.

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Happy Solctice

Dec. 21st, 2005 | 12:56 pm
posted by: oddest1 in pagan_kids

My son's school is known for it's cultural diversity and tolerance. They always welcome in parents, especialy this time of year, to come in and talk about the holidays they celebrate and their favorite traditions. I was happy to be able to come to my son's kindergarten class and talk a little about solctice, read a short poem and pass out some "evergreen" tree and werath cookies. The kids enjoyed the treat.

A Happy and Blessed Solctice to all.

(x-posted)

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pagan children's books

Nov. 9th, 2005 | 03:43 pm
posted by: oddest1 in pagan_kids

I bought my son a pagan children's activity book and we read through it recently. My son was thrilled that the little boy's name in the book was the same as his, Liam (the two children were Lesley and Liam). It was a nice contrast to the occasional christian books my family gives us. I have to admitt that my husband and I dont really consider ourselves pagan, but we gravitate more toward that direction than christian. I want my son to grow up with as much of an open mind as possible about religion. As this time of year draws closer, I always hope to find more pagan children's books. Do any of you out there know of any pagan children's books for Yule, Solctice, or any of the other holidays, or even just general pagan children's books?

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A special gift for the children

Oct. 31st, 2005 | 08:16 am
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posted by: berryhappy in pagan_kids

May the season be filled with laughter
May the children scream in delight
With all the love that seems to be lacking
I send them a special light

May the love they feel from family
May the light that guides their path
Keep them safe from harm
Keep danger from their trek

A bubble gift of protection
A light that spreads your love
May the little one's know
They are protected by the guides above.

Amber McCammack 10-28-05

May the gift of the spirits and the protection of our guides keep our
little ones safe this season and may their parents feel the energies
keeping their child safe is the love for our future generations from
those of us who care.

Love & light
Amber

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