If you’ve got a little girl like I do, you are probably familiar with this new fascination with building fairy houses. Ever since Pistache watched Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, she’s been obsessed with the idea of building her own fairy houses. While I allowed her to make her first house out of an old milk carton, I quickly realized how much I didn’t like it. First off, it required a lot of guidance and help from me. Secondly, I realized once she wanted to put it outside that it was going to quickly turn into litter in my yard that I’d have to clean up.
I did some research online and found out that natural fairy houses are a big past-time, especially in Maine. There are books, folk-lores, and stories surrounding the practice. It just seemed perfect! So, we bought the book “Fairy Houses” by Tracy Kane and it’s become a night time favorite. The book includes a story as well as instructions, the rules of building fairy houses, and ideas for each season.
This weekend, Pistache finally had a chance to try her hand at her own natural fairy houses. She did them almost entirely by herself and it kept her busy for hours! I think we’ve found a new favorite outdoor activity. She wanted to invite all sorts of fairies to the yard, so we have this one set up under the bushes, along with a snack of acorns, as well as another house set up where our gutter drops off, creating a pond, or stream.
The rules of building fairy houses are clear. You can’t use any artificial materials (such as plastic, glass, or metal) and you can’t harm anything living. This is a big bonus for me because it keeps Pistache from picking my flowers and tearing leaves and bark off the trees to do her crafting. She now knows that actions like these makes the fairies sad and they won’t visit.
So, instead, we walk the yard and look for materials such as dry leaves and grass, bark that has fallen off the trees, or a few of our fire logs such as the one pictured above. You could also use rocks, shells, feathers, moss, and fallen nuts or berries.
I have a feeling this will become a new favorite activity in the Cage Free household. Pistache has already taught her cousin the art of building fairy houses as well. Try it out with your kids!