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Happy Mother's Day!

 

This Dragon Club is all about Mother's Day, which is tomorrow (the 14th of March) although it changes dates every year in the UK because our calendar is still tied to Christianity (You can read more about the history below!)

We're going to be celebrating some of our wonderful local flowers. Check out the Flower ID sheet to see some of the types we have around here, and what we've thought about them as a community over the years - from ancient Celtic druids, Roman beekeepers, and Medieval peasants right up to present-day scientists. 
These flowers mostly bloom in the summer, so you won't see any growing for a few months yet - but if you want to plant some, the time to get cracking with that is now!  A lot of online and local garden stores have seed sales around this time. Happy hunting! Of course, you can also use seeds from your own garden - just make sure they haven't been exposed to high temperatures. 

There's a craft activity sheet going over a really simple (and fun!) seed paper-making activity to create a mother's day card. The paper heart on the front detaches and will grow flowers when planted. The activity is great for little and big hands alike but does involve some patience as paper scraps need to be soaked and dried during the process. This technique can be used to make all sorts of things - why not experiment around? 

Of course, we also have things for you to do while you wait - check out our secret dragon club activity page, with a colouring sheet and jigsaw themed to this Dragon Club. You can also print off the colouring sheet if you have a printer and you would like to cut down on screen time! 

Happy Crafting!


 

The Secret Dragon Club Page

A Brief History of Mothering Sunday in Wales

The origins of Mothering Sunday begin in the Middle Ages, around a thousand years ago, when children who had left their families to work in domestic service were allowed to go back to their home, or "mother" church. This was an occasion to see family and community again after a long time away, and often involved travel, through the gorgeous countryside in springtime. The custom then developed for children to pick flowers on the way home as a gift to their mothers. 

At this point it ties in with the Christian tradition - The Middle Ages were fairly strict about Christianity - but now it has become a holiday for everyone, regardless of religion, and is celebrated all around the world, taking on local flavour and custom.  Across the UK, and in Wales, we celebrate it at the end of Lent, a springtime Christian tradition of fasting. As the fasting rules of Lent were relaxed, people were overjoyed to be making and eating cake again - and so that became a part of the Mother's day tradition too. 

So it also became known as Refreshment Sunday, Simnel Sunday – after the simnel cakes traditionally baked on the day - and Pudding Pie Sunday to some.

 

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