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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.nature soup

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 worries; kids will make the soup on a stump, piece of wood, log, or rock. They could dig a small hole in the ground or find something in the recycling basket.

Ingredients in fairy nature soup depend on what’s available. Finding items is like a treasure hunt as kids add rocks, leaves, twigs, grass, flower petals, berries, shells, feathers, pinecones, and other objects. Puddles can contribute water. A little water added to dirt makes mud to hold it altogether.

Just like real cooking in the kitchen, fairy nature soup can be different every time. The basic recipe can also be used to make fairy pie, cake, stew, cookies, or whatever else kids imagine. Come to think of it, we could say imagination is a necessary ingredient.

This really short video shares the reaction of prison inmates to the statistic that kids spend less time outdoors each day than prisoners. According to a United Nations mandate, prisoners are allowed an hour outside every day. Many adults spend far less time than both prisoners and kids. How did we end up so divorced from nature?

A special spice in this fairy nature soup is the connection to nature. Like any other relationship, it develops when we spend time together. When we do take the time to look around, nature has such an abundance of gifts in all colors, sizes, and shapes. Gone is the time when we can send our kids outside and call them in for meals. Instead, we have to nurture children’s relationship to nature. Isn’t this simple activity one all kids can do?


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.fairy playdough

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 a little more conditioner if it’s too powdery or a little more cornstarch if it’s too sticky. At first, it seems as if the two things will never mix to make a dough but keep stirring. Once it started to clump together, it was much easier to knead it smooth.fairy playdough

Big Brother wanted a lump right away. He wasn’t really interested in rolling, smooshing, or making a snake. He squeezed a bunch into a sort of ball, made another one, and then more. He ended up with quite a line of balls and because there was less of the play dough left, the balls got smaller and smaller. In the craft drawer, there was an assortment of sequins. He choose a sequin and carefully placed it on top of each ball. Then he talked about what he had done and named each shape.fairy playdough

When I asked if he would like to mix all the balls and shapes together, he said no and instead chose to poke the sequin into some of the balls and bury them. We took a break to give Baby Brother a snack. The playdough dried and was a little powdery when he came back it. Since it needed a bit more conditioner, we took the sequins off and mixed in only a couple of drops. This time, Big Brother made it all into one big lump and hid some fairy rocks underneath and inside. The fairy rocks were flat, glass marbles. He called it his fairy rock hideout and like to flip it over to show the rocks. fairy playdough

Two friends came over to play. Now, there were three boys playing with the fairy rocks and fairy playdough. They brought some pipe cleaners we used too. We decided to try a few drops of food coloring to see how that worked. Red was the choice.fairy playdough

Red added to white makes pink, but Big Brother said red and pink were his favorite colors. All three boys happily played with the pink fairy playdough until Little Brother woke up from his nap and we went outside. Our hands were sure soft from the conditioner. Good thing, because the next activity was digging in the dirt for more hands-on fun. Does your child enjoy playdough play?fairy playdough

Come back again tomorrow for another fairy play-of-the-day.


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.fairy craft night 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.fairy craft night forest

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.fairy craft night forest

Next, came the googly eyes. A little dab of glue on the back, and these stared out from the night.fairy craft night forest

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.fairy craft night forest

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.

Shovel Dirt Fairy Rocks Fun – Fairy & Elf Activities #7 for Boys & Girls

For a magical play formula we discovered a new one: shovel dirt fairy rocks fun. Big Brother loved it. For fairy rocks, we used small flat glass marbles. The dirt was in a big flower bed and the shovel shared the play with a few diggers and dump trucks. The glass marbles are shiny and … Continue reading Shovel Dirt Fairy Rocks Fun – Fairy & Elf Activities #7 for Boys & Girls

Fairy and Elf Activities #6 for Boys and Girls: Fairy Math Fun and Play

Flat glass marbles, like these in a grown-up friend’s fairy garden, inspired some fairy math fun and play counting, grouping, and making patterns. In the craft drawer,  we have a few of these smooth, sparkly glass circles left-over from another project. They make wonderful fairy rocks. Big Brother, who is just 4, likes to count. … Continue reading Fairy and Elf Activities #6 for Boys and Girls: Fairy Math Fun and Play

Fairy and Elf Activities #5 for Boys and Girls: Fairy Songs for Kids

After we made fairy gardens, we wanted to sing fairy songs and do actions. Of all the songs we know, none were about fairies. We had to make some up. Using tunes that the kids already know, we changed to words to include fairies and other creatures. Think of the notes for 1 Little, 2 … Continue reading Fairy and Elf Activities #5 for Boys and Girls: Fairy Songs for Kids

Fairy and Elf Activities #4 for Boys and Girls: Fairy and Elf Gardens

Today is also World Environmental Awareness Day, so it’s great timing for making fairy and elf gardens; either one is fun for both boys and girls. What can be more magical than a garden? It grows in the dark from small hard things called seeds. Tiny little sprouts pop out of the ground. Although we … Continue reading Fairy and Elf Activities #4 for Boys and Girls: Fairy and Elf Gardens

Fairy and Elf Activities #3 for Boys and Girls: Looking for Fairies in Nature

Looking for fairies is a favorite outside activity of both boys and girls. Who wouldn’t love discovering the imaginary world hiding in the real one? Once kids are dressed for the weather, they only need to tuck imagination into their pockets and they can head out to look for fairies, elves, and other creatures. Is … Continue reading Fairy and Elf Activities #3 for Boys and Girls: Looking for Fairies in Nature

Fairy and Elf Activities #1 for Boys and Girls: Fairy Pretend Play

Today’s play-of-the-day is fairy pretend play. The expression, ‘away with the fairies’ means to be day-dreaming or in another world, like pretend play. When children are engaging in imaginative play, they are creating that other world in their mind and sometimes even building it with their toys. One of the favorite children’s picture books at … Continue reading Fairy and Elf Activities #1 for Boys and Girls: Fairy Pretend Play