New Ways to Celebrate the Spring Holiday

New Ways to Celebrate the Spring Holiday

New Ways to Celebrate the Spring Holiday

By: Alyssa Chirco

Spring is truly worth celebrating. After all, when you combine warmer weather, sunny skies and special family holidays, what’s not to love?

A variety of kid-friendly activities and treasured family traditions are a great way to celebrate the new season — check out the following ideas that will help welcome and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

Dyeing Eggs (Naturally)
Eggs symbolize renewal and rebirth, so decorating them is a common spring tradition. But instead of using traditional dyes, use natural ingredients that produce vibrant and unusual colours you can’t always achieve with the store-bought brands.

  1. Boil water with onion skins (for a brown colour), spinach (for a green shade) or beets (for pink a hue)
  2. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until a dark colour is reached.
  3. Strain the liquid and add 15 mL (1 tablespoon) of vinegar for each cup of liquid
  4. Add your hardboiled eggs to the dye bath and store in the refrigerator until the desired colour is reached.

Once the eggs are coloured, remove them from the bath to dry and then polish them with a small amount of oil to really make them shine.

Not-so-ordinary Egg Hunt
Hunting for eggs is another fun spring tradition, but doing it year after year can get a little ho-hum.


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This spring, mix things up by spraying plastic eggs with glow-in-the-dark spray paint, and then hosting an evening egg hunt in the dark. Fill the eggs with candy and treats, hide them outside in trees and bushes, and give each child a flashlight so they can find their way as they search for the special treasures.

For an alternative to using spray paint, try putting glow stick bracelets inside of the plastic egg — or on top or around the outside of the egg — to make them glow.

Special Delivery
Ever heard of May Day? The May 1 holiday isn’t as popular as it used to be, but families looking for creative ways to celebrate spring can adapt many of its traditions.

For example, the May Day practice of delivering bountiful baskets to the doorsteps of friends and neighbours is one you and your kids can do whenever you’re ready to brighten someone else’s spring morning.

Fill small baskets with bunches of freshly picked wildflowers (or even flowers made from tissue paper). Baskets can also be filled with candy (think jelly beans and chocolate eggs) or homemade goodies from your own kitchen. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can make your own baskets; but during this time of year, you can also purchase them in pretty pastel shades at many local craft stores.

Once your baskets are complete, it’s time to deliver this special spring surprise. When you leave a basket on someone’s porch, ring the bell and leave quickly — the goal is to hide before you’re spotted. Kids love this part, and it’s also a great way to teach them a valuable springtime lesson about the simple joy that comes from even the smallest acts of kindness.

No matter how you celebrate, take time this year to enjoy the spring holiday with your family and friends. You’ll be always glad you did.

Alyssa Chirco is a St. Louis-based freelance writer who provides writing, editing and social media services for print, web and small businesses. She writes about parenting and family life for STL Parent and is a contributing editor for Parenting Squad.

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