I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Though Albert Einstein was a famous Physcist and Nobel Laureate, he had a lot to say about imagination. Imagination in a child's development is so important. It is supposed to help them learn behaviours, develop communication and even improve their vocabulary. Patronus A absolutely loves imaginative play at the moment. Listening her to play by herself with her toys is one of my favourite things to do. Often I'll hear turns of phrase that I use or that Daddy Partonus uses, other times phrases she's gotten from TV. I don't like to disturb her when she's playing, sometimes she'll catch me watching and she actually gets quite cross!
Fairies came into the picture when Patronus A was having some ear problems. There were a few weeks where her hearing appeared to have decreased so I took her to the doctor. She was quite anxious but the doctor when looking in her ears claimed he was looking for fairies, so sweet. She was very solemn about it. When we got home she told Daddy Patronus that the doctor had been looking for fairies in her ears and that they shouldn't be living in there. And so the idea of building a fairy house emerged.
The premise is so easy, all you need is a couple of plastic plant pots, a glue gun and nature. Go on a few walks with your children and pick up things you think would look cool on your fairy house. One of our favourite past times is looking for snails and finding the left over snail shells. So we had a lot of snail shells on ours.
What I would say is that this activity is definitely a joint effort. Glue guns can get very hot and I wouldn't advise younger children to use them. If you have an older child who you think is more competent and careful then perhaps with your watchful eye you could stick everything on the pots together.
What you will need:
- Two plant pots
- Craft knife
- Glue gun and glue
- Nature; stones, moss, flowers, shells, twigs, feathers
- Decide where you want the windows and door to go on your house and carefully cut them out. Again, grown ups should do this.
- When you're happy, glue the bottom of the plant pots together.
- Go on into nature and getting exploring and picking. Why not go to a beach and make a beach fairy house covered in sea shells?
- Once you have a big supply start sticking. Parents or older kids to do this. Think about what kind of roof you'd like. We did one like a teepee/wigwam or thatched roof. Why not cover it in moss and make a little hobbit hill.
- Slowly you'll see it start to come together. Just have fun with it. When you finish it's up to you what you do with it. We are going to keep our in our garden. You might find that it'll become a glorified slug trap!
- Encourage their imaginations. I explained to Patronus A that fairies are really shy and don't come out when humans are around. Have fun with it. Patronus Daddy and Mummy are huge Fantasy book nerds so we have fun with this sort of things.