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International Fairy House Week with Nature, Fairies and Kids, YES PLEASE

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June 21st-28th is International Fairy House Week!

“WHY” you say, is there such an event ?

Well, the fun and enchanting ideas of Building a Fairy House or Den helps raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life. I have been a long-time advocate of “free range kids” and encouraging kids to be out in the fresh air and sunlight. Parents can achieve that with four words.

The words are simple; “Get outside and PLAY!”

Fairy house building is an excellent  way to kids’ interest and get them moving around in nature. It’s no secret that kids are spending less time outside in the sun and fresh air and more time indoors plugged into devices. Countless studies have shown that today’s children are suffering from “nature deficit syndrome” {a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods} and the lack of something  as simple as Vitamin D from the sun can lead to a variety of health concerns.

When my girls were little we use to watch this movie called Kristen’s Fairy House. Oh how they would watch this and then go up into our own garden and create a fairy garden just like Kristen.

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Kristen’s Fairy House is now on DVD and it can be found on Amazon. Here’s a quick summary of the movie:

Just as seashells house the sound and spirit of the sea, so too the forest houses the sound and spirit of the legendary fairies. A 1997 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, Kristen’s Fairy House takes its viewers on a quiet journey of many unexpected discoveries. Young Kristen ventures into the peaceful surroundings of an island off the coast of Maine with her talented Aunt Tracy, a storybook artist. Together they explore a wonderful woodsy land dedicated to the creation of fairy houses. As the week–and Kristen’s own fairy house project–progresses, the two share simple moments of heartwarming pleasure: a cozy campfire, a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, a late-night waltz in their quaint cottage. The entire movie is shot as a documentary, narrated in retrospective prose by Kristen. Throughout the story, she learns the importance of viewing the world with an artist’s eye, appreciating beauty in the smallest packages. Its simple style, harmonious score, and inviting scenery make this short feature tremendously enjoyable for youngsters old enough to ponder the reality of fairies and adults young enough to let them. The videotape package includes a handout, illustrated by Aunt Tracy, that describes tips for building a fairy house like Kristen’s. Upon viewing, kids will probably want to dig right in and build their own.-Amazon review

By the time their little brother came along my daughters were master fairy house builders. And wouldn’t you know, one of the first books they read to their new little brother  was Tracey Kane’s Fairy Houses.

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All as three kids grew, countless hours were spent gathering little pebbles, sticks in all sizes, and a variety of leaves,nuts, and flowers, depending on the season. When we would travel, we would bring back sea shells and mosses, anything that would enhance our fairy houses.

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Then our girls grew up and went off to college. Never missing a beat, their little brother continue the Fairy House Project and has become a master builder in his own right.

So what IS a Fairy House?

Fairy Houses are small structures for the fairies and nature’s friends to visit. Sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, seaweed, pine cones and nuts are just some of the natural materials used. Ranging from rustic to intricate ‘Fairy Mansions’, these whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy and pride.FairyHouses.com

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While traveling to Maine a couple of years ago, our son met his dream and that was to find a fairy forest and Mackworth Island provided the perfect place to do this.
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As far as the eye could see there were fairy houses. Each house a testament to it’s builder.

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Our boy had to leave his own mark on this enchanted place. Gathering stones, bark, sticks,shells, and leaves he built the most beautiful place for a wonderful fairy family.

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If you are ever in Maine, here are some places to go and visit as well as build fairy houses:

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

Mohegan Island

Mackworth Island

The world is now building fairy houses as well. Have a look here to see photos of fairy house festivals as well as get some ideas of your own.

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I hope you’ve been inspired to go and build some fairy houses of your very own. It and quick and wonderful activity for kids that gets them outside into Nature. And where’s the best place to start? Why, your own backyard of course!

Find a quiet place away from roads and busy areas such as much traveled walking paths and trails. The base of trees is a very popular place, as well as leaning sticks and logs, drift wood or tree trunks. Large boulders or stones also make nice places to build your fairy houses.

Sticks, rocks, pebbles, moss, leaves, vines, flowers, nuts, pinecones,pine needles, small bush clippings, sea shells, and seaweed all make great building materials. As long as it’s natural it’s perfect for fairies and other friends of nature.

I found some great tutorials on WikiHow and FairyHouses.com if you need more guidance and inspiration

Side Note: Be respectful of plants that are growing. Try not to disturb plants that are still living, such as ferns, mosses and flowers. Fairies are careful not to harm anything that is growing.

Check out this Fairy Houses Pinterest Page!

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This money goes towards postage and supplies to keep books and ideas in the hands of young readers!

Enjoy month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” http://amzn.to/1DTVnuX

A Year in The Secret Garden

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