Making Fairy Houses with Boys
I have to say I am a bit fired up as I write this post. My boys and I made fairy houses this week and when I mentioned this to some people, they gave me a look like, “Really? Fairy houses with boys?” Well, heck yes! My boys LOVED it! What is more fun than constructing a home and imagining all the possibilities that go along with it? You would not believe the questions my boys had about fairies. It was probably one of the best times we have spent creating lately. All that said, I am so proud to declare that yes, my boys and I made fairy houses and I am a not at all embarrassed about that.
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So, onto the fairy houses. 🙂
I tried to collect sticks around the yard and in the neighborhood, but wasn’t able to find enough, so we actually (yikes!) bought a bundle of sticks at Joanne’s. We also picked up a piece of wood for the base of the house. I wish I was more handy or had had time to search for these things out in nature, but there is only so much I can do and keep the house clean and the kids fed! 🙂
I had no plan really about how to construct the houses and no preconceived notions about how they would turn out. I just followed my boys lead and put the hot glue where they wanted it. My eldest opted to stand each stick straight up and down and reinforce it with a stick going horizontally. My younger son needed more direction so we ended up leaning two sticks together at the top and gluing them to the base and to one another creating a sort of teepee look.
After the basic structures were done, the boys set to adding their own embellishments. I even let them use the hot glue gun. I know that not all parents are comfortable with letting children use a hot glue gun, but I was right there and was closely watching.
Once the houses were done, my boys took them right to their “work area” in the yard and began playing. They made tunnels, walls and all sorts of other additions to their houses- one of them even got a swimming pool (see the blue thing?). And then, true to the nature of boys, my eldest dumped a whole bunch of dry dirt on them “because they look better that way.”
The fairy houses now live in our yard. We have tons of nooks and crannies between our bushes which are the perfect spot for fairy houses.
I imagine a great future for these houses- they will be used for Lego “guys and Playmobil men. They will be fire stations, “baddy” hangouts and of course, on occasion, houses for fairies.
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