Posts Tagged ‘imagination’

Building Fairy Houses

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Such a great idea for your little one….. and you to do together this Labor Day Weekend. Imagination and play! I love it so much, I had to repost it. Thanks to!

Building Fairy Houses

August 24, 2011

If your four-year-old has not asked you this question yet, it is sure to be on the tip of her tongue any day now.

Depending on how you answer, the query can lead your little one on to a wonderful outdoor art project: building a fairy house.

Fairies usually live, you can tell your curious kids, deep in the forest, under ledges, in the crook of a root system, or under a broad leaf. It’s a precarious world, and they go from place to place as the forest changes. What the fairies really need, then, is a beautiful fairy house. Would you like to make one?

“How do you build a fairy house?” That is the next question.

There are as many ways to build a fairy house as there are imaginative children, but the materials are always the same: things found in the natural world. Sticks, moss, bark, leaves, grass, flowers, shells, rocks and anything else the kids find out-of-doors are all they need to get started. A bit of glue or twine could come in handy too – but remember, the fairies will only come if the house is part of nature.

Your fairy-house builders will need to choose a location next. Somewhere in the park, forest or backyard, but close enough to home so that they can return to check if the fairies have paid a visit. The house they build could lean up against a rock or a tree; it could be built atop a soft mound of moss; or perhaps it could be placed next to a patch of wildflowers. And we think the fairies would also be quite happy in a large flower pot (the cities fairies, that is). Choosing the right spot will have the kids examining the micro-environments in the outdoor world around them – what fun!

When the little abode is finished, you can suggest leaving a present for the fairies – a few blueberries, maybe, a thimble of water or a special flower. The next morning, the children will run to check if the fairies came, and to see if they may have left anything behind! (Fairy dust aka glitter is a tell-tale sign.)

Just like any other forest home, the fairy houses won’t last forever. Be sure to take pictures so that you can remember this lovely bit of outdoor art, and as a guide for rebuilding next summer.

For inspiration and a cozy read, we love Tracy Kane’s Fairy Houses series.

Time to start building!