Celebrate spring with a favorite simple daffodil activity

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The daffodil has long been a traditional harbinger of spring. Here's a fun and simple way to use them to celebrate the first day of spring. On the day before the spring equinox, fill one or more vases in your home, classroom or office with closed cut daffodils.

The next day, the first day of spring, many of the closed blossoms have opened up on their own to their sunny yellow glory. As the rest of the first day of spring proceeds, most, if not all, will be completely in bloom, courtesy of the magic of nature.

I love the daffodil ceremony because it brings the outdoors inside, and early spring weather isn’t always ideal for outdoor activities.

Here’s how to celebrate spring this way as a meaningful group activity:

1. Obtain cut daffodils that are still closed up into buds, enough for each participant to have one, on the day before spring. They’re usually available in grocery store floral sections or florists throughout March. (See below if there are more people than number of flowers you can obtain).

2. Have each member of the group take part in setting out an empty vase and filling it with water. You can simply use large drinking classes or recycled jars. If there are too many people per number of vases, pair the people up. Have one set out the vase and hold it while the other pours in water from a pitcher. If there’s just one vase and many people involved in this spring celebration, find some way for each to contribute. For example, pebbles look beautiful at the bottom of a clear glass vase. Have each person gently place a pebble into the vase before filling it with water.

3. Hand out one closed cut daffodil to each participant. If there are more flowers than participants, give each more than one, or place the extras in the vase before each person places his or hers in. If there are more participants than flowers, make an assembly line instead. Have the people line up in front of the vase. Hand the first flower to one, who hands it to the second, who hands it to the third and so on, to eventually reach the final person who puts the flower in the vase. That way, each person actually touches and therefore more closely observes the closed daffodils.

4. Let the group know that by the next day, on the first day of spring, the daffodils will have begun to open up and blossom.

It can be remarkable to celebrate spring this way. So simple, yet when people return to the rooms the next day, spring will have sprung.

TIP: If closed tulips are also available, avoid the temptation to add them to the daffodils, because daffs release a substance in the vase that's toxic to tulips. Daffs are sunny and springlike, and are closed tighter than tulips, so their eventual blossoming has more of a surprise impact.

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