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June is filled with so much fun, activities, observances, and book-related adventure…but the one I look forward to the most is International Build a Fairy House Week (June 21-28)
Build a Fairy House or Den to help raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life.
Fairy Houses are small structures for the fairies and nature’s friends to visit. This human-made house is constructed solely of elements of nature like sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles and pine cones. Special care needs to be taken by fairy house builders to not destroy living things or introduce man-made products into their designs. The care of our earth is said to be very important to all fairies. Fairies are also attracted to happiness and beauty so creativity can range from a rustic to intricate “fairy mansions,” to whimsical and simple habitats built by children.
To best way to create a fairy dwelling is to find a quiet place away from roads and busy areas such as much traveled walking paths and trails. The bases of trees are popular places, as are stumps, logs, large boulders or natural hollows in tree trunks. Using only nature’s supplies like fallen branches or sticks or cut brush, fairy house builders can create tee-pee-style abodes for fairy friends. Decorating the inside of the house can be achieved by using items like leaves for beds or rugs, pieces of moss or wood fragments for chairs, acorn tops for footstools, flowers or feathers for decoration, pine needles for carpeting, pine cones for couches, berries from trees as fairy food, pretty rocks for stepping-stones and berries from trees as fairy food. Builders also need to be mindful to keep their houses small. If it is too big, no fairy would want to live there because it will be too obvious. A fairy house is supposed to be anonymous and hidden so that it remains a mystery as to who made it.
Sweet Fairy Books
This lovely book, The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker, enchants the mind and the senses with the thought that there are fairies in our flowers and gardens. These gentle and lovely illustrations not only depicts the beauty of our flowers in the garden but were our launching pad for believing in fairies and all that ensued.
Next came fairy food and cooking, fairy dolls and clothes, looking for fairy rings and finally building fairy houses and villages.
When my girls were little we use to watch this movie called Kristen’s Fairy House. Oh, how they would watch this and be inspired! They would then run out into our own garden and create a fairy garden just like Kristen.
And 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.
Reading Brightly (post from Melissa Taylor) has a wonderful list of 12 Super Magical Fairy Books for Kids
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This summer (May, 2018) I was lucky enough to travel back to Mackworth Island with my Head Elf, Becky, and good friend, Mia Wenjen. I was so thrilled to be able to show them the wonder and serenity of this jewel in Maine. We set to work building our own special Fairy House and we were very proud of the results.
Where will you be building your Fairy House?
As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.
This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.
Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!
Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!