Recently I was fortunate enough to help my dear friend Varya (of Creative World of Varya) organize a card exchange among children around the world for the Bahá’í new year (Naw Rúz), which is coming up on March 21.
It is exciting to see how the exchange has grown since it began last year. At that time we had 63 children from 16 countries participate. This year – 181 children from 23 countries: Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, England, Fiji, Germany, Gibraltar, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Kenya, Kosovo, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Tonga, UK, and USA. So exciting!
As it happened, my Monkeys were paired with children in Germany. We had fun making simple cards to send to these new friends, plus – though it wasn’t required – we made some spring flowers to include.
The Bahá’í new year falls on the first day of spring in many parts of the world, so I thought it would be fun to include a spring flower. Last year we did California poppies, and this year we did another of my favorite flowers – tulips!
For this I had Monkey paint popsicle sticks for the stems. Then he glued on the petals I had cut out ahead of time.
Such a simple craft, but so much fun, and I thought the end product was very sweet. Hopefully our new friends in Germany will enjoy them as much as we did!
For more fun spring crafts and activities, be sure to follow our Spring Pinterest board!
How are you getting ready for spring? Have you ever participated in a card exchange?