May Day is just around the corner and it is one of my favorite days. It means a trip to the garden center or the backyard for a bit of green, and perhaps, some strawberries to gift to a neighbor, friend, or mom!
Every year we make a May Day craft and this year our May Day Cone has a fun twist, it's plantable and it cracks open just like a seed in a garden! Seeds crack open each spring with new life once they have been planted into the ground. With this craft, kiddos crack the shells around their strawberry seedlings before planting to give nutrients to the plant that will help it grow and flourish.
Parent's or older children, use scissors to poke a hole in the top of the egg and cut the top 1/4 of the egg off emptying the egg white and yoke (save these for your favorite egg recipe). Wash the egg shell before using. Also remember to wash your hands after opening the egg.
When placing the plant in the shell add a water then drain. Wipe dry before wrapping it with your favorite color of food grade wax paper. Place the egg seedling in the center of your piece of colored paper. Take a string and gather the top of the paper and tie a knot in the back making a loop to hang the Plantable May Day Cone on the door. I used strawberries because they are always one of the first plants to wake up and can withstand a cold night or two.
Leave your May Day gifts on a friend's door as a spring surprise with a little note. Once found, it can be planted into the ground just as it is, kite paper and all. Simply give it a quick squeeze, cracking the egg inside. Breaking the egg apart makes it easy for the roots to find their way through the dirt.
Before you know it berries can be found for a lovely tart ( click here for the recipe), jam or just plain, fresh from the garden.
Happy May Day!