Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Making a Fairy House

Fairy Houses should look so natural they are almost hidden.

Find a quiet place away from roads or busy pathways. The base
of a tree or the side of a rock could be just right.

Close to the ground is usually best. Sometimes you may find a special
place in low branches of a tree or bush.

A triangle or teepee shape makes it easier to construct a
fairy house for first-time builders.

Use only natural materials to build a Fairy House: dry
grasses, leaves, sticks, bark, pebbles, pine cones, branches,
stones, acorns, feathers, seaweed, nuts. Acorn caps and small
shells make nice fairy dishes. Dried milkweed pods with fluffy
seeds make lovely soft fairy beds. A large shell filled with water
can become a fairy bathtub.

Use the materials you find in the space where you want to
build. A Fairy House at the beach will look different than the
one built in the backyard.

Make a path leading to the front door – to guide the fairies
into the house.

Be careful not to use or disturb any of nature’s materials that
are still living, especially flowers, ferns, mosses and lichen.

When done, ask the children to say a few words about their
creations. They can also write about their fairy house or draw
a picture about it.

Invite the children to visit their fairy Houses dressed as
fairies, butterflies or dragonflies.

Don’t forget the camera because there will be many
precious pictures to capture!

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