I have a passion for teaching and I love working with children. Pair that with my background in art and crafts, and I’ve found that developing craft ideas based on books for children of any age is right up my alley. I believe in bringing JOY to reading and, well, pretty much everything else in life - but we are talking books here. Enhancing the reading experience with something hands-on is a fun way to reinforce what you’ve read.
Some of my best story times have been chock-full of fairies. You smiled, didn’t you? Admit it--who can NOT smile when fairies are mentioned? Who can resist the thought of fairies making their tiny homes in the hollow of a tree or in a hidden corner? And the craft possibilities are nearly endless!
Make a Fairy House
- colored and patterned paper
- toilet paper rolls
- tape or glue sticks
- cupcake liner cups
- Cut a rectangle of paper slightly larger than the roll then wrap and tape into place. A neat way to finish the top and bottom of the roll is to cut slits in the overhanging paper and turn it up inside the roll.
- Design and cut out doors and windows for your house. Apply these with glue. You can even cut the door opening three quarters of the way around and have a flap that opens for the door.
- Add a cute cupcake liner upside down or roll a piece of paper for the crowning glory--the top--and there you have it! Details like window mullions and flowers or vines can be added with markers. Think outside the box--or the toilet paper roll--as the case may be!
To finish off story time, we went outside and the children built their own versions of fairy houses using found materials (grass, twigs, nuts/nutshells, rocks--whatever we could find!). We built the houses around the trees in the park adjacent to the library, focusing on the trees with holes in their bases. The kids loved it and were amazingly creative in turning ordinary materials into intricate fairy palaces replete with furniture. I even blew bubbles to float in through the air so we could pretend they were fairies looking for a home! Magical!
And magical is what exploring stories should be for children! Let crafts help bring books alive and inspire imaginations to soar!