Kids Outdoor Activity – Build Your Own Fairy Castle

I always wanted to believe there were faeries in my backyard. I read stories, which claimed dust was old faerie spirits (so don’t clean it or you’ll hurt them! That made my parents really happy…) and I made a small hotel for any would-be visiting faeries out of an old shoebox. Alas, no faeries ever seemed to be traveling through my neck of the woods.

It’s quite possible that my lack of success was my location (I put the shoebox in my closet). I suggest trying to find a quiet place at the base of a tree or the side of a rock (small hallows work especially nicely). Sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, pinecones, and nuts are all examples of materials you can use, but the beauty of these houses is that different locations (forest versus beach) make each house look completely different. Building a faerie house with your daughter is a great “together” activity and leaves a beautiful art project.

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