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Fairy Gardens and houses

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Spring is here! Well, almost. Every year my kids and I make fairy houses I the yard and last year we built a bunch at our local library too. I love seeing how flexible their minds are, and seeing the design choices they make: “Here’s the tire swing in the living room” or, look the pool is right outside the back door.

We were inspired by the Tracy Kane’s fairy book series “Kristen’s Fairy House.” In our yard, we have added non- natural things, or pre-made things. According to the book, you should only use natural things like bark, pine needles, acorns, pine needles, shells, rocks, anything you can think of!

The fairy house building usually involves some reading material too like The Littles by John Peterson or The Borrowers by Mary Norton, which has been made into a Japanese anime which should be available to view in the US this summer by Hiyao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke).

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And a picture of Totoro, just because I love him so much

My Neighbor Totoro – Studio Ghibli in Japan (available on Netflix!)

 

Even the frogs and spiders like all the attention

For the house that Bella is sitting with, Mom & Dad made it with screws and a glue gun – as long as all the man made stuff is hidden, it’s sort of kosher. For the garden area, it was nice to be able to use all the crafts we made indoors all winter long outside. Painted birdhouses, and all those little flower & butterfly crafts from school.