Build a Fairy House and Den Week
Helping to raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life.
When children and nature mix, something magical happens. That “magic” is part of childhood. Sadly today, many children have never experienced the magic of the natural world.
Playing games that originate from a child’s imagination such as fairy house building, creating dens and lookout towers, hide and seek or simply climbing a tree are part of the magic of childhood.
WHEN: JUNE 21st – JUNE 28th 2015
According to the late Cecil Barker (author and illustrator of the Flower Fairies and fairy specialist) – the night of 23 June is the most likely time of the year to see a fairy. So I thought it best to have a few days before and after the 23rd…
Encouraging Children to Play Imaginatively and Creatively Outdoors
This is an activity for everyone and all ages. Families, parents, schools, preschools, organizations, childcare centres, individuals, anyone wishing to help the children in their lives connect with the natural world through nature play.
Keeping the Enchantment of Childhood Alive
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
By providing the children in your life an opportunity to build a fairy house. To build a fairy house you don’t need to visit the forest or even the woods. All you need to do is have the child collect natural items from nature and then let the child’s imagination fly. All Ages!
Simply hop over to Educating the Heart through Nature Art where you can download your FREE BOOKLET full of information on how to build fairy houses anywhere and everywhere, from the tiniest to the largest.
Over the years we have created fairy houses of all shapes and sizes in hundreds of different environments and locations.
Time in nature opens our hearts and makes us realize we are part of nature too.
Reconnecting our children with Mother Earth’s Heart
I believe in using art activities that will help children bond with the natural world, helping them build personal relationships with nature. These simple, beautiful activities such as Fairy House Building, provide ways to express their creativity, curiosity and wonder.
Creativity blooms in the soil of freedom
It seems children today, have very little time to play, to lose themselves in their imagination. Many children spend most of their day indoors. A day beginning with school then from one structured activity onto another, and back home to play on the computer or watch television leaves very little time to play outdoors and use their imagination.
Creativity is as important as literacy – Sir Ken Robinson
This lack of time to play in nature is having serious consequences on our children’s health and well-being. And it breaks my heart.
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods states that this Nature Deficit Disorder has a negative effect on everything from the attention span, stress, creativity, cognitive development, and children’s sense of wonder and connection to the earth.
Check out these URBAN fairy houses.
Download your FREE “Build a Fairy House and Den” Booklet
Life begins with an open and unlimited imagination
When I was a child, my favourite place to hang out was high up in the Silver Birch in the back garden. Alone with my thoughts and dreams, my imagination soared. I also loved roaming wild and free on my bike or building dens in the woods with my friends and brothers, these were happy, sacred moments in my childhood. It was those magical experiences in nature that helped shape my life. And I still do all of these nature based activities today, which I believe keep me happy and healthy and creatively inspired
NATURE IS OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE
There has never been a more important time for us adults to make outdoor play a priority for the children in our lives. It is one of the best things that we can do for their health, education and well-being and for our awe-inspiring, ever-giving Mother Earth. Nature needs us too!
Why not make it a school event? Watch the video:
Playing in nature is a gift we can all provide our children
Please join me during the week of June 21st – 27th to help raise awareness of the importance of nature and imaginative play in a child’s life.
Building a fairy house is a most “magical experience for a child. It is a beautiful, simple and fun way to help reunite children with nature and allow their imaginations to flourish.
I invite you to join me in keeping the enchantment of childhood alive.
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