Magical fall weather is a perfect reason to spend the day in the company of the little people. Find a friend, and fill baskets with things to enjoy a special morning outdoors among the spring flowers.
Before starting out, you can make fairy wreaths and prepare a picnic fit for the wee folk. Fairy Bread is easy to make and is a favorite in the Australia, the land down under. Just spread slices of bread with soft butter (a fairy favorite), shake on colored baking sprinkles, and cut into triangles. Pack your favorite juice, and you have a simple, sweet treat to take along on your travels.
If it's a cold or rainy day, you can create your own fairies to keep you company safe inside.
A Clothespin Fairy
For this project you will need:
- An old-fashioned clothespin, without a metal spring
- Paints and brushes or fine-tip markers
- 4 or 5 pipe cleaners
- Yarn in a hair color
- Fabric or tissue paper
Take a simple clothespin, and paint or draw a face on the top knob. Make a circle in the center part of a pipe cleaner, like a cursive, lower-case e. Put glue around where you would guess the shoulders should be on the pin. Put the clothespin through the pipe cleaner e. Tighten and twist pipe cleaner branches into arm shapes, and let dry.
Wrap the bottom part of the clothespin with a pretty, shimmery fabric or tissue paper for a skirt, and add some more for a top. Lightly glue the fabric in place. Cut some yarn into strips for hair. Unravel the plies of the yarn, and glue them to the top of the knob. Use more pipecleaners, preferably shimmery ones, to twist into wing shapes. Make a girdle (belt) out another pipe cleaner, and wrap around the middle of the "waist" of the pin (use glue if needed), to give a place to attach the wings.
You can add fabric or tissue paper to the wing shapes with glue if you wish or leave them bare for a see-through effect. Give your fairy a magical or nature-inspired name, and she can watch over you while you read or sleep. Fairies made with tissue paper must be kept away from water.
Grab some fairy books from our list for storytime fun for little ones or long, lazy afternoons of magical getaways for independent readers. Click on any title to go into its record. From there, you may request a book be held for you at any of our branches.
I wanted to share a wonderful post I found on Dawn’s “She’s Too Fond of Books” blog where she describes an outing with her girl scout troop to Hapgood Wright Town Forest in Concord, where Louisa May Alcott roamed with Henry David Thoreau. As you may recall, Thoreau had a magical way of teaching nature by mixing it with a taste of fairy tales. I remember reading in Joan Howard’s children’s biography, The Story of Louisa May Alcott, about a trip she took with Thoreau which she referenced as a “trip to fairy land.” I was especially struck by how Thoreau described a spider’s web, dripping with dew as a fairy’s handkerchief carelessly tossed in the woods. No wonder Louisa was so enchanted with him!
Here’s a teaser from Dawn’s post. Be sure and follow the link to read the rest and see the pictures. She also includes the publisher’s synopsis of Flower Fables and shows a cover of the book.
The Sunday Salon: On the Road to Louisa May Alcott’s Fairyland
Yesterday I joined my 8-year-old Brownie, others from her troop, and Concord-area Girl Scouts of all ages as we “pulled together” to rid Fairyland (the Hapgood Wright Town Forest) of garlic mustard, an invasive weed whose rapid growth chokes out native wildflowers, posing a threat to natural biodiversity. I’ve read various accounts of the weed’s entry to North America (via Europe and/or via Japan); it’s now found in over thirty states and parts of Canada. This page at the Massachusetts Audubon site gives more info about garlic mustard (see Dawn’s post for the link).
The area chosen for the pull was the Hapgood Wright Town Forest, the “fairyland” near the Walden Woods. It’s referred to in the journals of Thoreau, the writing of Louisa May Alcott, and other other historical documents. The area is now town conservation land, and was named in honor of a benefactor in the early 1930s.
From the publisher’s synopsis of Flower Fables:
Read the rest of the post here