One of my favourite artists is the late Cicely Barker, the creator of the magical and enchanting flower fairies. Today we were exploring the flower fairies of Spring. Here in the Okanagan, we patiently await the birth of the first native sunflowers – the golden Balsamic Arrowroot. While we wait, we search for other little alpine flowers, buttercups and dandelions.
NATURE PLAY EVERY DAY FOR ALL CHILDREN
Not all children have the opportunity to roam wild and free looking for wild flowers and fairies so I thought today we could explore the beautiful Primrose. A bought flower can be just as fascinating for a child as one found in the garden, forest or woodlands.
Books too are another wonderful tool to invite creativity and storytelling opportunities.
My special needs student Elise loved investigating the colours, texture and smell of the primrose.
We then went on a hunt to find some fallen twigs and other natural items from nature to make our little fairies.
Elise couldn’t wait to share her stories both orally and in her nature journal with the most delightful illustrations.
She told me that her tallest fairy was called the dancing fairy and she was best friends with Ruby and they looked after the smallest little fairy called baby.
Flowers have long been associated with fairies. In Cicely Mary Barker’s books she imbues simple poems and charming watercolour illustrations with a sense of the flower’s traditional meaning. I think Cicely would have been thrilled with Elise’s creative artwork.
Lady Mary Wortley Montague first introduced the idea that flowers could form a language back in 1923. She wrote in a letter ” You may quarrel, reproach, or send letters of passion, friendship, or civility, or even news without inking your fingers.“
Today I am grateful for the flowers and all that they gift, I am also truly grateful to share this sacred time in nature with Elise, what a precious soul she is. I am forever learning from my students, both young and old. Feeling very blessed.
Storytelling with Nature is a big part of our program at Educating the Heart. You can join our International Nature Art online program today and save $100.
You may like our very popular STORYTELLING WITH NATURE – Stick People Booklet – read more here: Storytelling with Stick People
Ofcourse adults love fairies too and I so love to share these magical activities with adults from all around the world – you can join in the fun by signing up for our Urban Nature Art Program for Adults
Wishing you all a magical and an enchanting weekend with love and gratitude on this sacred day, peace Marghanita x
References: Flower Fairies of Spring – Cicely Mary Barker Guild Publishing (First published in 1923)