Children love to explore nature. By doing so a whole wonderful world of imagination and creativity can begin to develop and grow. Here is a fun way to incorporate your nature walks with a little bit of imagination! Collect pebbles, sticks, seashells, moss..anything that a fairy might use to decorate his or her house with! We purchased affordable dollar store bird houses and painted them up first. Once the paint had dried we were able to glue on the nature items as well as gems, sequins, feathers and buttons. For very young children using stickers is easier for tiny fingers to manipulate. We found jeweled stickers in the scrapbook area of the dollar store that worked perfectly for this craft. To get the imagination sparks flying, read a few fairy stories before going on your nature walk. This will ignite the fire to get the children excited about their project and get them to look at nature in a whole new way! Who knows..they might even see a fairy or two hiding in the trees waiting for their houses to be built! If you are interested in purchasing some Fairy Books here is link to my dear friend Mary Murphy’s children’s page. Well worth checking out! http://www.marymurphy.ca/the-childrens-page/
After the houses are all set up in the garden, sprinkle a little “fairy dust” (glitter!) when children are sleeping to show that the fairies have been there and watch the excitement begin! This craft is suitable for all ages and can also be used as a great birthday party, summer camp or classroom activity for both boys and girls!