Daily Activity 15: Spring Traditions

April 10, 2020

This week’s theme:

The Mysteries of Spring & Easter

Fact of the day:

Across the world spring is seen as a time for new beginnings, happiness and growth. Many countries have their own unique spring traditions and celebrations.

Resources list:

Youtube, socks; ball, bowl, tape/wool/string; paper/card and colouring materials

Activity 1:

An egg dance is a traditional Easter game in which eggs are laid on the ground and the goal is to dance among them damaging as few as possible. Try this game, but instead of eggs, try dancing to this song whilst not stepping on paired-up sock balls scattered on the floor.

Activity 2:

Another form of egg dancing was a 16th and 17th century springtime game depicted in the painting ‘The Egg Dance’ by Pieter Aertsen (see it here.) The goal was to roll an egg out of a bowl while keeping within a circle drawn by chalk and then flip the bowl to cover the egg. This had to be done with the feet and without touching the other objects placed on the floor.

Try your own version of this game using a ball, (or ball of foil, ball of paper) rather than an egg. Mark out a circular area on the floor to stay within using tape or wool or ribbon rather than chalk. You can use your feet, or your hands to tip up a plastic bowl to try and cover the ball whilst staying inside the circle!

Activity 3:

Cimburijada, which translates to “Festival of Scrambled Eggs,” celebrates the first day of spring in the Bosnian town of Zenica. At the crack of dawn, people gather by the banks of the Bosna river, where a communal meal of scrambled eggs is prepared. Try eating scrambled eggs for lunch!

Decorate some paper or cardboard egg shapes (or download and print out some pre-drawn eggs for colouring in here), cut your eggs out and then cut the egg shapes into large solid pieces. ‘Scramble’ the pieces up to create a jigsaw for you to solve! The more eggs you work on at once, the trickier it will be to solve the puzzle!

Activity 4:

In Mexico, people gather at the enormous Teotihuacán Pyramid to celebrate the spring equinox. People use the morning to climb the 360 steps to the top of the Pyramid. By raising their arms towards the sky and basking in the sun’s warmth, they “soak up” energy for the year. Try counting your steps as you walk around this morning, can you get anything close to 360 footsteps? Try move No.1 of the Sun Salutation yoga poses here or try the seated Sun Salutations here; you could do the stretches to this relaxing Mexican music.