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Milkmaid's Butter-Making
Buttermilk Cake
Maypole Cake
Flowers to Eat
Mayday Madness
May Day Jig
Merrie May Days
Going A-Maying
Maypole Whirl
Make a Maypole
Vanilla Ice-Cream with Orange Toffee and Cowslips

Maypole Whirl

On May Day, invite a group of children round (the more the merrier), and ask them to do some maypole dancing.

Ask each of the children to hold a ribbon from the maypole, in boy-girl order.

Then put on some music (traditionally, you'd have fiddles or accordions playing, but any CD of lively. rhythmic songs will do), and ask the girls to weave round the ribbons one way while the boys head off the opposite way, twining the ribbons as they go. Young kids often like to stand in the middle and get twirled round like kittens with a ball of string! Reverse the dance to unwind the plait. When everyone's danced out, munch on big slices of maypole cake sitting under a blossom tree.