Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Sweden - National Day

Today is the Swedish National Day and to celebrate we decided to paint some Dalahästs! 

The Dalahäst is a horse originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna. In the old days the Dala horse was mostly used as a toy for children but now it is well recognised as a symbol of Sweden.
The horses were originally made in Swedish log cabins deep in the forests during the long winter nights in front of a log fire.  Using only simple tools, generally only a knife, woodcarvers made toys for their children. It was only natural that many of these toys were horses, because the horse was invaluable in those days—a trusty friend and worker who could pull great loads of timber from the forests during the winter months, and in the summer could be of just as much use on the farm. Source

We drew around our horse first and then used the traditional colours of red, green and white to paint it.
 Freddy's Grandad also painted one!
 If you are looking for a fun and simple activity to do to celebrate the Swedish national day why not make some Choklad Bollar or a Daim Cake?

We love hearing about your celebrations and traditions so do tell us about them!

3 comments:

  1. These horses are so beautifully painted! :) I love the idea of teaching children about their origins this way, simple yet fun and creative!

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  2. Wow - this is SO cool!! Thanks for your offer to feature our postcard swap - that would be great!! I am missing a few more states =-)

    Beth

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  3. I loved reading your post and learning about this craft. I have Swedish ancestry and love learning about the culture. I hope that you will post more in the future.

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