The letter K was quite challenging for me this time around. I did not have the time needed to put into a subject that would need to be researched, so I decided to write about something I am frequently asked about: How to teach kids about magic and especially the elements.
Keepers of the Hearth (KOTH) is a family based coven, which means we advocate the idea of families worshiping their faith together. Although my own children were much older when I found this path, I have been thinking of ways to perhaps one day, teach my grandchildren. My dream is to one day see the resurgence of hereditary witchcraft.
So here are some of my ideas to help introduce kids to magic and the elements.
Air or the element of east:
Balloon magic-write your wish on a balloon or on a paper that is inserted into the balloon and send it off to the universe.
Bubble magic-release your desires through the blowing of bubbles
Fairies- share stories of the fey, there are also many coloring pages available on the internet as well
Feathers- a symbol for air, can be used in magic and as a cleansing tool, similar to using a smudge stick
Clouds- can be used as a divination tool
Dandelions- make a wish, put your energy into the seeds and blow away
Breathing exercises- breath is sacred; help your children to learn techniques
Wind chimes- create your own as a gift to the fairies or east
Dreams-help them to understand the magic of dreams
Colors include white, yellow, and blue as in the sky
Fire or the element of south:
*** Most ideas dealing with this element will need to be done with the supervision of an adult
Cooking or baking-add a little kitchen magic
Dragons-read stories or make your own up
Sun- talk about the sun and how it is important to our lives, also the sun can be a symbol of the god
Salamanders-elementals of fire
Making and charging of candles
Protection spells-the bubble protection meditation is great for this
Healing spells through energy transfer
Firing clay for amulets
Wands-symbol of fire, help a child to make one of their own
Colors include orange and red
Water or element of West:
Bathing- sacred bathing and washing away negativity
Swimming/floating/tubing-becoming one with nature
Mermaids/undines- read stories or make up your own
Seashells-make amulets or sacred jewelry for ritual
Rain magic- harness the power of natural rain water
Cauldron or chalice is the symbol of water, decorate your own chalice
Kitchen magic- make magical teas or other drinks
Colors include blues, purples, and turquoise
Earth or element of north:
Grow plants or trees
Paint rocks with magical symbols
Sand-make wands or amulets
Learn about trees, nuts, berries, etc.
Make salt dough ornaments or magical tools
Colors are green and brown
Divinity or Spirit:
Singing or chanting- there are many songs/chants to praise the gods
Dancing- create energy
Drumming-music and energy
Taking care of the planet-reduce, reuse, and recycle
Prayer, simply talk to the gods
Meditation- there are many simple techniques suitable for children
Making prayer beads or sacred jewelry: different techniques might include salt dough, clay, paper mache or sand.
These are just a few ideas to help you explain and teach the use of the elements in your magical practice.
May all your endeavors be magical! Blessed Be.