The blessing of a child (among many many others) is the blessing countless adorable moments parading before our lucky parental eyes. Among those, the sight of a darling preschooler in a gauzy fairy costume ... well, if you've seen it, you know just how precious it is.
But that is not the only reason we like to encourage our children's interest in fairies. More importantly, we recognize that the essence of imagination is being able to conceive of that which is unseen -- including a world of magical winged creatures who live in flowers and trees.
So here are a few of our favorite ways of bringing the enchanted realm of fairies to life for our little ones:
The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies by Jane Werner and illustrated by Garth Williams. A childhood favorite of many, this classic was recently reissued to delight 21st century kiddos. Don't miss!
Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane. All the inspiration your kids need to build fairy houses in the woods out of sticks and leaves and mud and moss is here. And a lovely story too.
The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. A new edition of this British classic from the 1920s is simply stunning. Cicely Mary Barker was a phenomenal poet and illustrator who brought fairies to life for children like no other.
A Fairy Went A-Marketing by Rose Fyleman. This book offers a fully realized world full of intriguing visual detail. You and your child will have such fun poring over the pictures and repeating the rhymes.
Fairy Tale: A True Story. We treasure this film! It tells the story of two little girls in early twentieth century England who glimpse fairies in the woods, and capture them on camera. Full of historical characters and references as well as magic, it is great fun to watch for older preschoolers, big kids, and grown-ups alike.
And as for costumes, here is just one example of the adorableness we were mentioning earlier....
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