Nature provides a magical place for the imagination to thrive. Children are innately drawn to the tactile experience of interacting with natural materials. During recess, some of the children began creating a fairy world outside in the back of the school near the playground. They centered it under some low lying cedar branches, adding to the secrecy and mystery. Rocks, pieces of wood, small pieces of pottery, sticks, and acorns became a special place for fairies to live. Unfortunately, the structures kept falling over and the pieces moved from day to day. The students decided to move the fairy world indoors with our The Outdoors Comes In activity.
Once inside the classroom, the children began building houses, forts, mountains, and playground equipment. The students are carefully considering every material they use, for they are certain that fairies dislike most unnatural items and prefer things “made from nature”, as the students would say. Using pinecones, seed pods, branches, bark, rocks, and different types of moss brought in from outside, the students are creating a natural oasis inside their classroom.
The students continue to be excited and eager to add to their fairy world from day to day. Many staff members and students from other classrooms walk by and make suggestions or bring in items for the students to use. The fairy world is beginning to take on a life of it’s own, growing organically from the prior additions, and informing the students about what else is needed. The students involved remain extremely excited to to build their magical world for the fairies to come and live in and enjoy.