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Fairy Day 2014 - Livin' the Good Life

Apr. 13th, 2014

08:46 am - Fairy Day 2014

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This year, we outdid ourselves on Fairy Day. Jennifer, Reanna, and I made "fairy ovens" out of clay so the fairies could bake their "fairy bread". We made a banquet table and little stools (Jennifer decided to make the King and Queen's fairy chairs at the ends of the table.... over the top!) and the children "planted the wheat" for making the bread. As I told the moms, the planting was "symbolic" because I had the kids just throw the seeds around in the yard.... it wasn't a proper planting! The kids didn't seem to mind. They loved discovering the banquet table and stools and spontaneously started piling fairy foods and gifts on the table, to the point where it broke in half! (I loved the generous spirit that prompted this gesture, though.)
DINING AREA FOR FAIRY DAY

Here's a better look at the fairy king chair. (And the broken table.)
fairy king chair

We started this event with me reading fairy poems and showing a beautiful fairy pop-up book. That got the children focused on looking and listening carefully for fairies. Looks like I got their attention!
reading fairy poems

The song I sang before we entered Fairyland went: "Outside to Fairyland, mind how you go! When you enter Fairyland, walk on tiptoe. Get your tickets ready to pass through the flowered arch, quiet as a mouse. Then you'll be in Fairyland, at the back of the house!" 12 children, tickets in hand, were lined up to hand them over so they could "pass through the flowered arch" and enter Fairyland. Such a colorful array of wings and dresses and flowered crowns and special shoes is not often seen in one place! Below is Ollie entering, more or less, quiet as a mouse.
ollie entering

And taking in the scene
taking in the scene


By the end of the morning, the fountain was filled with rose petals and large leaves intended for "fairy rafts", which I had to quickly clear out after the party, so as not to choke the pump. Here are the first offerings.
preparing the fountain for fairies

Fairy gifts were hidden all over the yard, in every likely hiding place, as the kids anticipated the fairies' delight in discovering them later. I was surprised to see that some nimble-fingered child had fastened tiny rose petals to the miniature clothespins on the "fairy clothesline" I had cleverly strung between two tall weeds the night before. We had just been talking about the fact that flower fairies wear clothes fashioned from the fallen petals of the flowers that they tend. (I love how well these children listen!) They were fascinated with the "fairy playground"....child-fairies? how delightful!.... and they couldn't stop looking!
examining the playground

Everyone brought imaginative "fairy food" to share, and, as usual, the spread was amazing! So beautiful and delicious! Pictured below is Maya's fairyland scene with coconut/rice and broccoli and, in the back, raspberry-rose petal tea, with fruit and flower salad. (The rest of the food had not arrived yet.... the table was eventually full of delightfulness!)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 14th, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
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Looks like you all had a fun, fun and special day! I bet those kids are going to dream of Fairy Day tonight.

GH

PS I wish I could have seen the rest of the food.
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From:lestermom
Date:April 14th, 2014 04:56 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I know. But, I was lucky to get as much as I did.
Fairy day was last Thursday. It's taken me a while to gather the pictures and get my computer working properly. I've had so much trouble recently!
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