Spring Magic for Homeschooling Sprites

fairy garden

The following is a post from guest writer Sara.

If you’re looking for a touch of whimsy to add to your life this spring, a pinch of fairy dust should do the trick. If you don’t have any fairy dust, a sprinkle of glitter mixed with sugar is a quite handy substitute. Of course, if you want to invite even more spring magic into your world, here are a few more creative ideas.

Plant a Butterfly Bush.
Keeping butterflies in your yard will guarantee that fairies will visit! You can research which flowers attract butterflies and bees together, then design and plant a garden as small or as large as you like. You can also guess which flowers will grow faster and measure them each week as an ongoing experiment.

Make a Fairy Garden.
It can be as simple as a bit of moss tucked beneath a cozy tree, or as elaborate as your own fairy house, furniture, and toadstool. You can even make multiple fairy gardens around your home to visit. Your children may want to leave tiny sweet gifts, like a cookie crumb, to help attract fairies to their new nests. And if the fairies have already arrived, how about writing a story about them?

Create Clay Critters.
When I blog, I use Wood Sprite as my daughter’s nickname, and for good reason: she’s as magical as a fairy as she squats beneath our old Oak tree, searching for fairy rings and digging new ponds or constructing homes for magical creatures from her imagination. You can see some of the clay gnomes she’s made in the photo. It’s very simple to make your own: just pinch off tiny pieces of clay, shaping them into a triangle (hat), circles, and squares (head, shirt, pants legs). Piece them together carefully; this is an excellent time to teach about scoring and slipping! Then you can play with your little gnomes, or even invite them to take a stroll in your garden. Here are excellent instructions for making more elaborate gnomes.

Make a Toad Home.
Your fairies and gnomes would be rather lonely without their toad friends! You can make a simple toad home to tuck into the earth out of just about anything –  from a coffee can to a broken flower pot.

Grow Your Own Fairy Ring.
We once had a natural fairy ring spring up around one of our trees and it was a truly magical sight. If you worry about poisonous mushrooms peeking through your grass–or you simply don’t have mushrooms grow where you live very often–you could always just buy some and have them in a fairy-licious meal at home, or even order a kit and safely grow your own.

Install a Fairy Door.
I made Wood Sprite a fairy door in her room years ago and it’s still her favorite piece of art in her entire room. You can draw a door and decorate it however you want (or use these instructions to make an even more elaborate, 3-D door) before “installing” it at the bottom of a wall. You can also download the instructions for other wonderful fairy crafts and paper toys to make at home.

Sara Schmidt is a homeschooling mom, writer, artist, activist, and intermittent graduate student from Missouri. The former editor of YouthNoise, she has written for The Whole Child Blog, Teaching Tolerance, The Institute for Democratic Education in America, BluWorld, Ecorazzi, and dozens of other blogs, printed materials, and nonprofit organizations. She likes to go on adventures with her family, enjoy fantasy lit and films, and generally get messy. 

fairy garden photo by mollypop

Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.