August means some kids are getting ready to start kindergarten this month, or early next. Here’s a calendar of “ready Freddy” ideas:
Wondering why we should share fantasy stories and fairy tales with children? They aren’t politically correct; boys and girls are not recognized equally. But they still have an important place in the lives of kids.
To help answer this question, and other ones too, I was able to able to interview the Fairy Book Lady, Bobbie Hinman, on-line. Bobbie is an elementary teacher, parent, grandparent, and author. She has written a series of books about fairies: The Sock Fairy, The Knot Fairy, The Freckle Fairy, The Belly Button Fairy, and the Fart Fairy. Life often includes problems, and, as Bobbie says, “Who better to blame it on than a fairy?”
Mrs. A: Are fairies only for girls?
Bobbie Hinman: Absolutely not! Fairies can be girls or boys, old or young, tall or short. In my books, the Knot Fairy and Freckle Fairy are girls, the Fart Fairy and Sock Fairy are boys and the Belly Button Fairy is a grandmother.
Mrs. A: Are fairies real?
Bobbie Hinman: My totally unscientific research tells me that yes, fairies are real. They are thought to live in gardens and small hills in the ground. Mostly they live in your heart and your imagination.
Mrs. A: Why should parents and caregivers include fantasy books and stories?
Bobbie Hinman: Childhood is a time of innocence and imagination. Just like playing dress-up, fantasy books allow children to be creative and imaginative and “live” in the world of their characters. It’s fun to believe in make-believe.
Mrs. A: How do fairies like to play?
Bobbie Hinman: Fairies are playful and mischievous. They like to hide your belongings, tangle your hair while you sleep and give kisses that turn into freckles. When anything goes wrong, my premise is simple: Who better to blame it on than a fairy?
Great reasons for why we should share fantasy stories and fairy tales with children. For some fun at your house or center today, how about play with the fairies? For kids, their “Once upon a time” is childhood…
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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 the sidewalk. We brought these back in and Little Sister arranged them on the paper to look like trees in the forest. Using a small paintbrush, she spread white glue on one of the twigs and pressed it onto the paper. While the glue is still wet, the twigs do wiggle around.
The first twig stuck down a bit, but Little Sister didn’t like the glue all over the paper. She wanted tape instead. In the kitchen drawer there is clear tape but for some reason her choice was the roll of masking tape. She didn’t seem to mind that it wasn’t transparent and cut off pieces to stick down the twigs.
Next, came the googly eyes. A little dab of glue on the back, and these stared out from the night.
Fairies have fairy dust. Glitter makes fairy dust and a mess all over the house. Whoever invented glitter glue must have had kids. When Little Sister squeezed the glitter glue, it came out in globs so she spread it around with the paint brush. She needed to use every single color in the box. Usually, she doesn’t spend as much time on projects but lately she seems to have developed more interest.
Doing crafts with kids depends on their interests. Your child may not be thrilled by fairies, but this fairy craft idea would also work for monsters or scary beings in the forest. On blue paper, kids could glue eyes for sea creatures and use green yarn for sea weed. The glitter glue might be bubbles in the water rather than fairy dust. What are your child’s interests?
This is #8 in a whole series of fairy and elf activities. Check the play-of-the-day for some to appeal to your child.
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