Play & Celebrate International Fairy Day – Fairy Play For Girls & Boys

It’s time to play and celebrate International Fairy Day. At summer solstic, the boundary between the fantasy world and the real world is blurred.international fairy day

This fantasy world doesn’t only appeal to kids:

Whether you see them as small winged tenders of the deep natural places of the earth, or as tall stately figures with fair skin and hair, there’s one thing for certain. The world has been absolutely captured by the Fairy Craze. These creatures appear on everything from mugs to t-shirts and have been the subject of children’s fairy tales and even supernatural romances. Fairy Day celebrates these incredible mythological creatures that have captured the imagination of people everywhere and their diverse history.
(Days of the Year: Fairy Day)

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We spent some time roaming the forest and gardens, nurturing our senses and renewing our spirits. Seeing certainly topped the list as we looked for fairy houses, tucked in with the flowers and trees, marveling at all the tiny details, but there was still more. We could hear the soft forest sounds of birds and insects, the excited cries of kids as they found more fairy houses, and the gurgles of water here and there. The cool shade refreshed our skin from the hot touch of the sun. The flowers, grass, and trees perfumed the air to delight the sense of smell. Later on, we tasted fairy cupcakes and cold lemonade. Not at the fairy restaurant though, a people one.international fairy dayAre there any fairy events happening in your area? You can also create your own. Practically any large outdoor-friendly container will do to make a fairy garden. There are gazillions of books to read and local libraries may even have a fairy tale time. We often forget we can also just tell some fairy stories. Sing fairy songs, dance around in the yard, have a paper towel roll sword fight. Dress up in a towel to make a magic power cape.

For children, the boundary between the fantasy world and the real one is much less distinct than it is for adults. All too soon, the magic seems to disappear. What might you and your kids do to play and celebrate International Fairy Day?

P.S. This is part of a whole series of fairy play. Come play on the blog at 123kindergarten.com

 

Fairy Yoga Play for Kids – Fairy Activities #14

Each year at the start of summer it’s International Yoga Day but yoga can happen any time. Let’s try some fairy yoga play for kids—and grownups too.

Some of these yoga poses are from mom Giselle in a Fairy Yoga post on KidsYogaStories.com. The kids and I have done yoga a few times. Needless to say, they bend their bodies much easier than I do mine.

Not all fantasy creatures fly unless they have wings. This flying pose is usually called Warrior Pose 3, but instead of arms stretched in front, they are at the sides. Balance on one leg, lift the other behind you. Change to the other side and leg.yoga play

The butterfly pose also has wings but this time, legs are wings instead of arms. Sit tall and bend legs down with the bottoms of feet together. Move knees up and down to fly. Who might use their leg to fly?butterfly yoga pose kids

Some fairy beings swim, like water sprints and nymphs. Lie down on the floor or a mat on your tummy. Lift up the top part of your body, including arms. This little one has part of it but we caught the photo before she got her arms up. Move arms to swim.

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Fairies, elves, dwarves, gnomes, sprites, imps,  and other beings are often found in forests. What are forests made of? Trees, so we did a tree pose. Stand tall and stretch arms high into the sky. Bend and lift one leg soit rests on the other knee.

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Have you ever seen one of these beings? They can be very still and quiet. Practice lying on your back with arms and legs a little spread out. Breathe in and out softly and slowly. Big Sister is showing us this one. yoga for kids

Yoga benefits us on different levels. Increased strength, coordination, balance, body awareness, and flexibility are some physical ones. The brain builds mind-body connections and practices focus and concentration. Emotionally, yoga increases self-regulation and relaxation, and decreases anxiety and stress. We all know kids absolutely need to move. Yoga can help meet that need.  Can your child’s day include some fairy yoga play?

 

P.S. Just like our other fairy activities, this can be done by both girls and boys. There will be more plays-of-the-day  on the blog tomorrow.

 

Magic Milk Swirling Color Science Experiment – Fairy Activities #13

The Google doodle for Oskar Fischinger was a swirl of color, shapes, and sounds; it inspired this visual magic milk swirling color science experiment. The sound was our squeals of wonder as we watched the art-in-action in a dish. Usually, this magic milk swirling color science experiment is done with red, blue, and yellow food coloring. When coloring Easter eggs, we used up the blue and yellow. Somewhere in the cupboard there is a brand new box but all we could find was the old box with red and green.

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To start, pour a little bit of milk in a flat dish like a saucer or shallow, wide bowl. You will need milk with fat content, not skim. Someday, we want to try this using cream to see if there is a difference. Carefully squeeze in a couple drops of each color in different spots. At this point, kids really want to mix the colors. Instead, talk about what might happen, then watch. What does happen? Do the colors move or mix? There isn’t much going on.

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Squirt a couple drops of liquid dish soap into a small lid. We use soap to wash hands and dishes; will the soap wash the colors? Dip a q-tip into the soap and then dip it into the middle (more or less) of the puddle of milk and color. Take the q-tip right out. No stirring needed. The colors start to tumble, mix, swirl, and dance on their own. Is that what the colors did before using the bit of soap? What made the difference? There’s lots to talk and wonder about now. The action just keeps happening, almost as if it’s magic.

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After watching this for a bit, kids just have to stir with the q-tip. Of course, the colors really do mix now to make a muddy pool. Who could resist?magic milk swirling colors science experiment

Did we need fairy dust for this magic milk swirling color science experiment? Nope, just a little soap added to the milk and color. There is a scientific explanation involving how molecules breakdown and combine, but to the eyes it looks like magic. Once done stirring, it’s easy to wash up with the dish soap. What other magic can soap do?

No need for a magic wand for play activities; come back to the play-of-the-day on 123kindergarten.com.

 

Simple Summer Nature Fun for Kids – Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Summertime and the livin’ is …outdoors, I hope, especially because kids need nature time! Let’s head outside for some simple summer nature fun today. Wherever your family lives, dress for the weather, be it boots and umbrellas or hats and sunscreen. 1. One of the simplest outdoor nature activities is to check the weather. Open … Continue reading Simple Summer Nature Fun for Kids – Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Fairy Lego Fun- Fairy and Elf Activities #12 for Boys and Girls

While there is fairy Lego, boys and girls do not need the special pieces; they can have fairy Lego fun as they build and imagine with any of it. (or Duplo) For a play-of-the-day, let’s create with Lego. Besides fairies, there are trolls, gnomes, sprites, pixies, elves, dwarves, imps, wizards, witches, and other fantasy beings. … Continue reading Fairy Lego Fun- Fairy and Elf Activities #12 for Boys and Girls

Telling Fairy Stories – Fairy and Elf Activities #11 for Boys and Girls

We’ve all heard of fairy tales, which are not always about fairies, but instead of reading about these adventures, how about telling fairy stories? This activity can be done inside, or outside, like we did on a forest and garden tour. Once upon a fairy… Did you know that making up stories with your child … Continue reading Telling Fairy Stories – Fairy and Elf Activities #11 for Boys and Girls

Fairy Nature Soup- Fairy and Elf Activities #10 for Boys and Girls

Fairies, elves, gnomes, sprites, pixies, leprechauns, and other mythical creatures all live in the heart of nature, so they love fairy nature soup. Let’s make some. The recipe for fairy nature soup is simple. It starts with something to make the soup in like a bowl, pail, or pot. If there isn’t one available, no … Continue reading Fairy Nature Soup- Fairy and Elf Activities #10 for Boys and Girls

Fairy Play dough Fun – Fairy and Elf Activities #9 for Boys and Girls

Have you tried fairy playdough? It’s simple and fun with just two ingredients: cornstarch and conditioner. Big Brother played with it all afternoon. Mom Kate at LaughingKidsLearn.com shared the recipe. In a bowl, mix 1 cup of inexpensive hair conditioner and 2½ cups of cornstarch. These are approximate measures and you may need to add … Continue reading Fairy Play dough Fun – Fairy and Elf Activities #9 for Boys and Girls

Fairy Craft – Fairies and Other Creatures at Night in the Forest

We’ve done lots of outside activities for fairies and elves so this afternoon we did a fairy craft of fairies and other creatures at night in the forest. To start, we used a piece of black construction paper to look like night. We went outside and got a few small twigs from some bushes along … Continue reading Fairy Craft – Fairies and Other Creatures at Night in the Forest