Fairy Hunt in the Wilderness Park
Rudolf Steiner's original Waldorf philosophy held a lot of magic. Gnomes and fairies weren't specifically described as "real" or "imagined," just simply introduced as a way of wondering about the world.
Shared from "http://thewonderofchildhood.com": "Stepping into the world of the “fairy” or “folk” tale of any culture is to begin to explore and encounter this elemental world, at least through the Imagination.It is fascinating to note that young children seem to respond to hearing about fairies without needing a lot of explanation. Warm, calm and quiet acceptance of what the child shares from his or her heart is the best approach. A simple, “You saw that? How wonderful.” Is mostly all that is needed.
Fairy Hunt in Wilderness Park
Fifty fairies are currently inhabiting the Wilderness Park. Seek them out in the trees! Tip: fairies like to stick together. Where you see one, you will likely see another. They also like to hide places where children are likely to find them, so look on the low branches.
(My kids actually helped me hang these fairies, having fun imagining where they may want to live. Many of the fairies ended up right in the best place for a child to notice)
Take a Fairy Home
Don't be shy about bringing a fairy back to your own home. Here are some extension activities you may explore:
Dress the fairy:
Set up water color paint and let your little one paint away.
Provide small felt crowns, gowns or wands for them to glue on.
Older children may enjoy drawing eyes, nose, and mouths on the fairies. It's great fine-motor practice to draw on this small surface. My 2.5-year-old had fun trying!
Older children may also enjoy cutting felt to create clothing all by themselves.
Create a fairy habitat:
Shoe boxes make excellent fairy habitats.
Go on a nature hunt, and find fallen leaves, flowers, and pinecones to glue on the outside or place inside.
Cut out shapes in tissue paper, put dots of glue all over the top of the box, and allow your little one to make a tissue paper roof.
Fairies are nocturnal! Each night, place the fairy somewhere around your home. Allow your little one to hunt for the fairy in the morning and bring him/her back to the habitat.
Play a simple sing-song game:
Waldorf education uses songs and hand motions as learning. Here's a great chance to practice!
Put the fairy in one of your hands behind your back.
Sing, "Fairy is hiding in the tree, oh where oh where did he go?" Bring your closed fists forward, climbing them on top of one another to sing, "Up-up-high!" and then climb them back down, "Or down-down-low!"
Let your little one guess where the fairy is, then let them take a turn.
This game teaches turn taking, sharing, and spatial reasoning.