Fairy Day 2014 - Livin' the Good Life
Apr. 13th, 2014
08:46 am - Fairy Day 2014
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.)
Here's a better look at the fairy king chair. (And the broken table.)
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!
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.
And 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.
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!
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!)