Fun for Families
Best practices for visiting fairy or gnome homes in public places
If you are sick, please stay home.
Masks or face coverings are required for any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering throughout park and green space properties, as per New York State and local county guidelines.
Stay six feet from visitors not in your household. Make room for others to pass when possible.
When building fairy and gnome homes in public park and green space properties, use only natural, non-living building materials.
When viewing fairy and gnome homes, unless you built it, look with your eyes, not your hands.
The health and safety of visitors are our first priorities.
Learn more about COVID-19 safety procedures as required by New York State and public health officials. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
Building Fairy and Gnome Home Ideas
Legend says if you build fairy and gnome homes, they will come.
Momtastic.com describes How to Build a Fairy House in Your Own Backyard (and it won’t cost you a cent)
Here’s a slideshow from Inhabitat.com showing DIY faerie houses, pixie towers and toad homes from reclaimed materials
KidsGardening.org has advice for building a fairy house in your home garden.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden describes how to create fairy house from leftover plastic flower pots.
Be sure to take a picture and post to the 518FairyHomes Facebook Group so we can all enjoy your creations!
Ms. Jennie's Coloring Pages
Click on the image below to download a printable version of these coloring pages.
Print your own coloring page to color at home, choices here for the whole family!
Post it in your window to share with your neighborhood.
Be sure to take a picture and post to the 518FairyHomes Facebook group so we can enjoy all your creations!
Fairy Tea and Gnome Parties
Anything that is small and dainty or whimsical and fun can be served at a fairy tea or gnome party. Here are some ideas.
Fairy & Gnome Food!
Fruit flavored iced or hot tea
Morning Dew: Water flavored with berries or lemon
Fairy Food: Treats for Fanciful Meals & Parties (Whimsical Treats) by Marie W. Lawrence ISBN: 1510755942
How to Host a Flower Fairy Tea Party by Cicely Mary Barker ISBN-10: 0723253609
Other Fun Ideas
Check out Tracy Kane’s FairyHouses.com site for information on her books, including lots of activities! Lots to see and do here with all things fairy. Tracy Kane’s goal is to get children and adults alike out into nature, exploring and experiencing its wonders. Look for her on Youtube also.
Get out and explore your local parks, forests, and nature centers! While looking for fairies and gnomes, check out these fantastic wildlife and nature apps to assist you with identification for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Check out these great fairy & gnome homes!
Check out all these cool fairy and gnome books you can borrow!
Overdrive Link for econtent: https://mvls.overdrive.com/library/kids/collection/1092734
All titles can be found in the catalog here: http://pac.sals.edu/polaris/view.aspx?brs=200695&sort=AU_TI
Fairy and Gnome Home Field Journal
Use this field journal to keep track of all the fairy and gnome homes you visit!
Each page has a place to draw the home you found and record your observations.
To download, click on the image to the left.
If you run out of pages, click here to download more.
Make Your Own Fairy Doll
Learn how to make your very own flower fairy with wire, beads, and faux flower petals! This virtual program will provide step-by-step instructions on making several types of flower fairies.
Visit our Events page for the "how-to" video!
Click the icon to the left to download a printable version of the instructions.