At the fairy party by roachling

At the fairy party

My first time leading a birthday party for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust! I had 12 five year olds but they all came with both parents and a sibling and all the adults stayed so there were a lot of people and it was a hectic afternoon, but the parents were happy and the children had a lot of fun. After the actual party, I had to tidy up the kit and classroom of course so I am shattered!
I can imagine you're shattered. Did you do likeca nature trails with little games?
September 25th, 2016  
This looks great fun! My girls would love a party like this in our local fairy wood!
September 25th, 2016  
Bet you are! Wonderful idea though! Love the photo
September 25th, 2016  
Such fun.
September 25th, 2016  
@overalvandaan @creativelyunique
We just do outdoor play really. I lead the group to the outdoor classroom, the children find the fairy cards pictured and then find others with the same card, so we end up with 4 'teams' - elderberry fairies, blackberry fairies, beech nut fairies and hawthorn fairies (there's a bit of info about each type of fairy on larger cards to read). Once we're in teams I show the group some evidence of fairies collected in the woods - e.g. a fairy hairbrush (alder cone), a fairy cup (acorn cap) and then the children go and see if they can find any evidence for themselves. Having far superior imaginations to us grown ups, they're pretty good at that.

They also find a message (planted by me!) from the fairies telling them that the fairy village was destroyed by wind and rain and they could do with some help building a new one. It also mentions looking after the fairies friends. So, we all build a new fairy village - lots of mini shelters with soft moss for beds and whatever else the children think of and then to finish we make a butterfly feeder (to look after butterflies, friends of the fairies ;) !

Then it's back to the classroom for party food and birthday cake before I get to do the clearing up! All good fun.

There are various themes to choose from and I'm sure your local wildlife trusts would do similar parties -

By the way, I'm not on commission or anything for promoting the wildlife trusts, I just like what they do!
September 25th, 2016  
@overalvandaan by the way, welcome back! I'll catch up with your latest photos soon!
September 25th, 2016  
Oh, my favourites - flower fairies. I would have loved a party like this as a child - so magical Louise. Sounds like a great time had by all.
September 26th, 2016  
Oh that sounds absolutely perfect! Never really checked the wildlife trust around here yet.
September 26th, 2016  
@roachling that sounds amazing! I will definitely be looking to see if our local wildlife trusts do something similar. We have fairy houses in our local wood which I have inspired a couple of the children's books I have written so I love the idea of a woodland fairy party and my kids would love that too!
September 28th, 2016  
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