Sunday, January 8, 2012

Building Fairy houses

We have had a pretty mild winter so far. We've had a few unbearably cold days, and one snow that stuck...but most of our days have been in the 40-50.

The kids have been making fairy houses again. They started this one on Dec. 22. This time, instead of of making our usual simple houses the kids decided to make a Fairy Grand Hotel.

Although the picture may look like nothing more than a pile a wood to the untrained eye (or those without imagination), the kids had a detailed story to go with the creation. The watering can was part of the 'fairy shower' in the bath house. It also had a toilet, hot tub (made from a turtle shell) and steam room. They had a amphitheater with seats made from hickory shells. They even created an all-you-can-eat buffet that had acorns, berries, hickory nuts, various seeds, and a few green leaves.

My girl created this and said it was a Japanese temple. She arranged the peach pits as seats.

On Jan. 1st we hiked through the woods, and Sage gathered moss to bring home to the fairy houses.

This weekend we've had gorgeous weather!! Almost 60 in January?!? We spent the days outside swinging, exploring and working on fairy houses. My girl added lots of moss to the fairy hotel.

She brought out some of her fairy bendy dolls, put them to bed in the soft moss. The kids created the fairy grand hotel without any help at all. i was totally blown away by it, and all the little details they added. It was difficult to capture it in the photos, but it was really a very impressive fairy house!

"Know you what it is to be a child?...It is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear, it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its soul." -Francis Thompson


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new Fairy houses!! Great job!!!

  2. This made me smile - their houses are just so cute!

  3. This looks like it was so much fun. I'd love for you to link up any outside play posts to my new Come & Play Outside link party: