We have been quite captivated with all things fairy this summer and fall. The kids attended a fantastic camp at a friend's house and she had them cooking up all sorts of fairy fun that just continued here. We have a nice little pocket in the yard that is pretty heavily planted with old shrubs and trees so there are great nooks and crannies to build fairy houses in. We also are fortunate enough to live next to a nature trail so we were able to go on a few walks and pick things up off the ground to make our houses with. We found this sort of activity so wonderfully relaxing for the whole family. We all sat out there in our tiny forest and put our houses together. And wouldn't you know, there was glittery fairy dust sprinkled all over them in the morning so they were apparently a big hit with the fairies! This one was made with bamboo husks from our mini bamboo forest on the opposite side of the yard. Pretty clever.
One other thing we did for fairy fun was make fairy lanterns. The kids were given some glow sticks by their credit union where they have their savings accounts (the kind that you crack and shake and the stay glowy for a few hours). We took empty plastic water bottles, cut the top off, put in a pipe cleaner handle and the kids decorated them by gluing bits of paper etc. on them. Not a great photo but you get the idea. The kids really loved this because it did feel sort of glowy and magical. We made them a bit before bed so they put them in their rooms so they could watch them glow while they went to sleep. In the morning it was so sweet because my girl came creeping into my room holding her fairy lantern up by her head and it was still glowing. I checked out some of the Spiderwick Chronicles thinking they would be a fun fairy read and , while they are for me, they are a bit dark for them. Any recomendations for good fairy stories? I have a copy of that old "Gnomes" Book so that will be fun, especially now that we are hunkering down for the cold and rain. Something fun to read while we are all snuggly under a big blanket.