May Day Newspaper
Today's Snack: Some kids don't like to
eat the skin of apples. That's too bad, since a lot of nutrition is in that
So here's a tip:
make Ladybug Apples. Kids will have
so much fun eating them, they won't even notice they're eating the healthy
Simply core a red
apple to remove seeds, and then cut in half.
Place on cutting
board, cut side down.
Take a paring knife
and cut away several circles all over the hump.
Voila! It's a
Ladybug Apple! The same kids who previously wouldn't eat apple skin might
surprise you by asking to eat the "dots" you cut away, too!
Colorful newspaper comic
Scissors | Transparent
tape, low-temperature hot-glue gun or glue dots |
Roll of paper towels
(not too wide) | rubber band
It's a rite of spring, and a rite of
childhood, to run around putting May baskets on people's front porches on May
1, which is May Day. You can surprise neighbors, friends, maybe donors to your
after-school program . . . have fun deciding who to treat with a May Basket,
and how to accomplish your route the quickest way.
You fill a basket with spring flowers,
candy or other small treats, run up to the porch, leave the basket, ring the
doorbell . . . and run like thunder so you don't get caught. Because if you get
caught, they get to kiss you! Ewwww!
Some people use real baskets to hold their
flowers, in "vases" that are small glass jars. Others put candy into pretty
paper cups. Green plastic strawberry baskets with pipe cleaner handles are an
old favorite. But this year, since everybody is "going green," let's weave
colorful baskets out of recycled newsprint to hold flowers, candy or both.
Here's a similar result from www.FamilyFun.com, only
It's missing the obligatory May basket "handle" of one more strip
Looping above the basket from side to side.
First, cut the newspaper into strips that are 5¼" wide by
21½" long. Fold each strip lengthwise several times so that it is about ¾"
Make the bottom of the basket first. Lay two strips in the
shape of a plus sign and tape them together. If you are skilled with a
low-temperature glue gun, that works, too. Or you can use glue dots.
Now add four more strips, taping after each one, evenly
spaced, until the strips form an asterisk (*) or wheel. You will have six
strips in total.
Put a paper towel roll - not the tube, but the
towel-containing roll, perhaps four inches wide - on the center of your six
taped strips. Flip it so that the center of the taped strips is on the top of
the paper towel roll. Your "basket" will be taking shape upside down on the
paper towel roll.
Fold the strips down along the sides of the paper towel roll,
and use a rubber band to hold them down, straight. Leave about 1½" under the
rubber band. These are the vertical strips.
Now it's time to add the horizontal strips. Starting at the
base of the basket (which is at the top of the paper towel, since your "basket"
is currently upside down), tuck another strip under one paper "rib" and tape
Weave around in a circle, going sideways, over and under the
vertical strips, 'til you come back to where you started. Pull this strip
tightly as you go.
Tape the end in place.
Now take another strip, tape the end securely, and weave over
and under the vertical strips just below the horizontal strip that you just
made. But this time, if your FIRST horizontal strip went UNDER a particular
vertical strip, make the NEXT horizontal strip go OVER it. That makes the
traditional basket weave look, and strengthens your basket, too.
Leave about 1½" unwoven underneath the rubber band.
Remove the rubber band. Take your basket off the paper towel
roll. Fold the raw edges over, inside the basket, and tape them down.
You can make a "handle" out of one more strip, adjusting its
length with scissors if you wish, and glue or staple it to both edges of the
Finish with one more
strip around the top edge.
You can spray your basket with acrylic
sealer if you want it to last and also be water-proof. But part of the fun of
these baskets on May Day is that they are totally Earth-friendly and
Happy May Day! And don't get caught!