This is my third summer offering my preschoolers this fun and magical camp that involves creating a small fairy garden in a planter that they will take home at the end of four days. Here is one of the gardens from last year.
This camp is my absolute favorite. I love all the magic that the children bring to creating their gardens. To see how we begin the process, here is a link to last years camp.
Over the weekend, I spent time creating little extras for the gardens that the children can add on the last day once the plants and the house and the stone pathways have been set in place. I repeated these from last year...
(for simple instructions on how to make any of the above, click here)
I've also been making some new garden embellishments that I will share later this week.
Here are the books we will be reading.
Gnomes by Wil Huygen. This book offers a fun peek into the world of gnomes. I am going to focus on the chapter on Housebuilding to open the children's minds to the possibilies of where a gnome might build a home.
White Nineteens by David Christiana. A sweet tale of Buttercup who goes in search of her very special wings that go missing one morning. The illustrations are beautiful.
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. I love all Carle books and this one is a favorite. A good introduction to the life cycle of plants. This provides a great starting point for our talk about the garden the children will be growing.
The Fairy Who Lost his Wings by Gary Judson. A local publication and a sweet fairy story I love to share.
A Donsy of Gnomes by Sieglinde De Francesca. A wonderful book of stories about the magical world of gnomes and their busy lives.
In the Land of Elves by Daniela Drescher. I cannot say enough about this beautifully illustrated book with it's sweet story. If you like Elsa Beskow, Drescher books are a must have.