We recently have enjoyed some fairy themed projects and excursions. V and I went in full fairy regalia to a fairy themed summer reading program at our local library.
There, we listened to fairy stories, made fairy dolls, magic wands, crowns, and participated in other fairy activities.
To continue our adventure into fairy land, we have been reading the following titles:
A Fairy Went A-Marketing by Rose Fyleman: A sweet story about a little fairy who releases captive animals back into the wild.
Fairy Tea Part by Jamie Michalak: A sweet little story that helps children learn colors in the context of a fairy tea party.
Usborne 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland: V has been loving look and find books and this one on fairyland is delightful!
Talking to Fairies by Sheila Jeffries: While the writing is a little amateurish, the stories and fairy facts are fun. And the quotes about fairies by young children are just plain adorable! I plan to check out some of the titles mentioned in her book for additional reading with V.
On our family excursion to Michigan this summer, we enjoyed additional fairy activities with Grammy and Uncle J. First, we went on a tour of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s fairy doors. If you haven’t been on this walk, I recommend it (although it’s probably a bit more enjoyable in cooler weather…we went in 90+ degree heat!). I lived in Ann Arbor for three years and never heard of the fairy doors until my mother told me about them this year.
We started out checking out the fairy village, then rambled about exploring fairy doors throughout the downtown area. In the participating key shop, V was given a special Yoda key, which she then used to try to unlock all the subsequent fairy doors. The walk was enchanting and reminded me of all I love and miss about Ann Arbor.
During our visit, V and Uncle J and I made some fairy houses based on a wonderful house shown by local artist, Diana Gorham of Craftworks, during the library reading program. Her fairy house was absolutely gorgeous and delightful; it inspired me to give it a go.
After a severe thunderstorm gifted us with many loose branches and bark scraps, we went on a nature walk to gather fallen items. If you do this activity, make sure you aren’t violating any park laws by scavenging where and what you shouldn’t…
Our rule was to take what was fallen, although I admit to pirating a small scrap of moss from the next door outlet. Here is what we came up with using twigs, bark, stones, moss, hot glue, craft sticks, beads, pipe cleaners, and glitter:
Even 10 year old J was enthralled by his fairy house.
It was a wonderful way to pass a sweltering afternoon while keeping two children occupied. My husband M, V, and I have plans to construct additional fairy dwellings over the years; we just love the idea so much! (And sorry, Mom, I forgot the extra bark I gathered in your car…yep, even big kids still leave car messes!)