Making a May Day basket

PRIME TIME TOGETHER WITH KIDS

April 25, 1992|By Donna Erickson | Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate

I always know spring is in the air when the neighbor children leave a paper basket filled with flowers at my front door. It's a cheery ritual I look forward to every May Day. Once they hang the basket on the doorknob, they ring the bell and run off to the side of the house. When I open the door, I hear an exuberant "Happy May Day" in the distance.

Your children also might enjoy celebrating spring by observing the tradition of delivering May Day baskets to relatives or somebody special. Half the fun is making the simple paper baskets and filling them with flowers, candies or trinkets. Get started now and you'll be all set for your "spring delivery."

Here's how to make a basket:

Cut two circles approximately 7 inches in diameter out of stiff construction paper in contrasting colors. (A round salad plate makes a nice pattern.) Fold each piece in half and staple the two pieces together to form a heart-shaped basket. To make a handle, cut a strip of paper 12 inches long and 1 inch wide, and staple it to the basket. Decorate the basket with drawings or stickers, if you wish.

To share your comments or ideas for family projects, write Donna Erickson, Features Department, The Sun, Baltimore 21278.

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