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Design Ideas for Flower Fairies Theme
Artist's rendering of a room with the Flower Fairies theme.
There is no theme quite as evocative of light hearted childhood fantasy than that of flower fairies. Combining the uplifting beauty and variety of a flower garden with the magic and narrative possibilities of the Little People.
A great deal of folk lore on this subject places particular emphasis on stories or the fairies pranks and tricks on one another, human beings and even animals. This perspective will without doubt appeal to your more active and mischievous offspring.
Particular magic powers of each type of fairy
For those well behaved youngsters with quieter dispositions, one could easily focus on the tremendous range of plants and of course their respective fairies. Learning to identify not just the names of the flowers but perhaps even their seasonal characteristics and healing properties is a wonderful and absorbing project.
Infant: Light denim, Rose pink, Light sage green, White,
Toddler: Pink, Delphinium Blue, Sap Green, White and Pale Yellow.
Child: Delphinium Blue, Sea Grass, Buttercup Yellow, White and Pale Pink.
Teen: Bright Pink, Orange, Rust Red, White and Sap Green.
Opportunities for Learning:
Contrary to popular belief children who have imaginary friends are in no way socially or cognitively behind their age mates who do not have imaginary friends. In fact according to research, children who regularly interact with these invisible playmates tend to be more practiced and so more socially adept than others. When they do interact with 'real' people they display improved communication and social problem-solving skills. So encourage make believe! It turns out that where parents engage in and prompt such imaginative explorations, their children's cognitive modeling skills improve, and their understanding of the differences between real and imagined worlds develops earlier.
Reassuring and Comforting:
Use strings of fairy lights to create a magical night time atmosphere, appointing one or more guardian fairies to watch over your sleeping children. Explaining their extra strong magic and extra loving loyalty to their special charges.
To balance water and plant energy, one might introduce stone and wood energies with murals of large rocks and wooded hills, and of course a bright sun in the sky introducing a little fire energy for warmth.
Budget vs Time and Talent:
One wall painted with vastly over sized blades of grass, elegant mushrooms and butter cups creating the impression of the toddler being the size of a flower fairy. To give one an idea of the perspective, lets not forget that butterflies and dragonflies are sometimes used as steeds by fairies who have a sense of drama and style. Perhaps add paintings of little houses and dancing fairies about toddler sized in one corner, built into the roots of a tree for example. Multistory fairy houses built of sticks and moss, joined together with aerial bridges may be a project for the more creative parent with architectural and/or carpentry skills. For those with less spare time, take a peek at the rocking snail and caterpillar, lady bug rug and bed on the Flower Fairy theme site.