Violet Equinox

A Children’s Solstice Celebration

We have a lush happy little patch of violets (Viola odorata) outside at the preschool.  I noticed them last week quietly poking their deep purple heads through the soil and smiling with a delightful fragrance.  I knew that we had to get outside and be with the violets.  Violet are often one of the first flowers to grace us as the sun makes its way closer to us each spring and they are truly a treasure to behold.  So what better way to celebrate this first day of spring than by smelling, harvesting and eating violets?  Hence today we made our way to the violet patch.

I taught the kids a little song my teacher taught me, a song for the violets.  A song to say we are here and we are friends.  To say thank you to the violets for giving away to us.  And we marched out to the patch singing and excited!

The kids did a wonderful job being careful with the plants and picking just the flowers.

As we all tried the flowers it was delightful to watch little faces light up with the amazing taste of violets.

The children loved them.  We talked about how the violet’s are good for us and they taste good too!

What a treat!

After gathering a good amount we took the violets inside, washed and dried them.  We put them in a jar.

Then we covered them with agave.  I usually make violet honey but the preschool is vegan so we are trying using agave this year.  We will see how it goes!  So far so good.  I plan to keep the violets infusing in the agave for a good week or so.  Then the agave and violets too will both go into a jars, one for each child to take home and enjoy!

We also read Mother Earth and Her Children by Sibylle Von Olfers.  This is an amazingly beautiful book about the coming of spring.  It is based off a gorgeous quilt made by Sieglinde Schoen-Smith.  There is a little Violet child in the book and we had fun hunting for her and her violet plant.  The kids were able to recognized the flower and the leaves in the book!

Click here to learn more about the amazing little violet

How are you celebrating spring?  It is such a wonderful time of year, so full of energy and life!

Blessings for a beautiful spring!

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10 thoughts on “Violet Equinox

  1. Leslie

    New set up looks nice! Good pictures!!! Fun project for spring!

  2. This is so sweet! The violet is a lovely little flower and so hardy once it is established. Unfortunately here in Western Australia I haven’t had any luck in getting violets to survive in my garden. Thanks for linking up to the Kids Co-op!

    • Thanks for checking out this post. I was very excited for the kids and I to hang out with the violets. You are do right that is it hardy once established. I am trying to get some going in my yard right now. Thanks for the link up opportunity!

  3. wow. I have to say, I have never tried to eat a violet. I guess I’ll have to try one!

  4. intergenerational

    Great and sweet celebration of spring-I use violets as decoration for cakes.

    • Me too! Do you candy them or just use them fresh? I use them fresh but would love to candy them to keep for later decorating. I tried it once and it didn’t go as planned! Maybe next time…

      • intergenerational

        I use them fresh ,I’ve seen a recipe with raw egg-white and sugar as frosting for violets but am afraid to use raw eggs

        • I have seen that recipe too but I am also very hesitant to use raw eggs whites. They are amazing fresh though and I are wonderful to cherish for those few weeks they are around!

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