A 30-Minute May Crowning for Toddlers


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May isn’t over yet, which means you still have time to do a May Crowning with your littles. My two-year-old daughter Ellen and I put together a super simple and quick May Crowning activity. We did most of it during my son’s nap time while I was still unshowered and in my PJs. What is it that G.K. Chesterton famously said (and I use as a crutch far too often)? “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”

First, we printed out this coloring sheet. We made some paper flowers out of tissue paper and glued them to Mary’s crown (and everything else) while I explained that Mary is the Queen of Heaven. Next, we popped into the front yard to pick some dandelions (I don’t care what you say – I like them!) and violas. We placed them in a bud vase and presented them to Kitchen Mary. Then, we said a Hail Mary, and, that’s it. It probably took us all of 30 minutes.

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Honestly, when your child is two, that is about all she can handle and understand. By the time we were done, Ellen was able to remember that Mary is the Queen of Heaven. And I call that a job done.

Oh, and a bit of inspiration for you? Check out this behind the scenes pic. Cluttered table. Baby eating empty calories. Mt. Laundry in the back. If I can do a May Crowning, so can you.

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Copyright 2014 Jenna Hines


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  1. When I saw the top photo of your “Kitchen Madonna” statue and the Dandelions in your bud vase, I thought (for a split second) that it was a picture of MY statue and bud-vase flowers! I have the exact statue sitting in the corner of my kitchen window! And I do place little flowers there when I can … for Mama Mary, of course! (Take a look at my blog header to see for yourself! 🙂

    I love the beauty and simplicity of your May Crowning for toddlers. I think I will do this with my 3yo, while the big kids are at school.

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