When we moved in 2011, I accidentally forgot to move our fairy houses that had been placed beneath our children's bedroom windows in the yard. I invented a quick tale about how we could not move them because "Puck" and "Pixie" would be homeless, promising that the new house owner would take good care of them (leaving out the part about the new owner being a recent college grad and bachelor).
Helen is quite the imaginative child and we want to celebrate our children's developing personalities by embracing activities that encourage imagination and curiosity about God's beautiful creation around them. So recently, we made a new fairy house with her.
We started with a peat pot. You can purchase about 6-8 of these for under $5.00 at any home improvement store. Simply cut a small door in it and glue it to any discarded piece of wood, heavy cardboard or a leftover floor tile.
If you don't have any natural moss available to you, you can purchase an inexpensive bag at any craft store. Spanish moss is also a fun thing to attach to your fairy house. We used simple white glue to cover the walls and roof of our peat pot with moss and then glued natural ornaments gathered from the yard (especially those prickly foot-damaged gumballs). And this is the end result. You hear Helen in the background, squealing and giggling with excitement.
From there, we found a home for our fairy house underneath a bush in our front yard. About a day later, Helen found a green note just inside the front door of her fairy house from Flutter. Flutter shared that she is the younger cousin of Puck and Pixie that lived at our old house. And then, she shared rules for Helen.
Helen has cleaned her room completely, even helping her older brother clean his room. She is enthralled with the idea that a fairy is living in her front yard and that Flutter looks in on her through her bedroom window from time to time. On the morning after the room cleaning, Helen woke up and ran straight to the fairy house to see if Flutter had noticed. A small bag of Pop Rocks was there waiting for her. We have great plans for our little fairy friend and think this will be a good way to embrace Helen's imaginative but strong willed spirit rather than fight it as we help her develop personal responsibility, a loving spirit, and a kind heart.