Our Japanese Maple inspires hours of imaginative play for my kids, and this summer they discovered that it makes the perfect home for fairies! Six-year-old Emma was hard at work all of last week turning it into the perfect fairy village. Four-year-old Johnny joined her with his small plastic knights, and three-year-old Lily brought out her little toy fairies as well.
I see many more hours of play! We’ve had fairy villages before, but having one in a tree opens up all sorts of opportunities! This particular fairy village rendition shows some influence from Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree Stories – which Emma just finished reading!
Disclosure: The knight and fairy links in this post are affiliate links to the products in question on Amazon. I should also note that, while we adore both sets, Lily has managed to destroy the wings on most of her fairies. She still loves them, but might be useful to know if you’re considering purchasing a set for, say, a three-year-old.
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
13 thoughts on “Imaginative Play: Fairy Tale Village”
I can see my girls doing this for hours, and I have an Emma too! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!
Such engrossing imaginative play!!
Emma did that rope ladder all by herself? Wow! I love their imaginations at work!
She had help from a teenage girl who came over to play with the kids, I think.
What a great idea! My youngest is enchanted by all things fairy, this would be a fun activity for her.
Love that cute little ladder hanging on the tree!
How sweet! I never thought of it before, but a Japanese Maple would make a great place for a fairy garden.
Love the fairy play in the tree!
Your kids imagination never ceases to amaze me!
I love the fairy ladder. Looks like Emma put a lot of work into this.
We read the Blue Fairy a short time ago and I bet my girls would love to do something like this!
I love fairy houses. Maybe we’ll try making some outside when it cools down more.
This is so sweet. My son made fairy houses at his camp this summer and loved it. x
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