We celebrated International Fairy Tea Party together with other children around the world... and it has been fabulous to look at all the photos from around the world of the other celebrations on the facebook fairy tea party page.
Over the years I have always seen an interest in fairies and princesses - so I knew there would be an interest in fairies. My colleague was more sceptical - and a non-believer - but is now admiring the wonders of fairies. We have learned so much in the last six weeks - not only about twhat the children think fairies are, but also about the children and our own relationship with the children and the project.
Fairies have let us explore magic, size, gender, nature, similarities and differences, cultural backgrounds, our senses, math, friendship, problem solving, listening skills, international awareness, creativity...etc etc - it has been more multi-layered than I had imagined - and the Fairy Tea Party does not signal the end of this project, but we are sensing a slight shift of focus as the children begin to show an interest in fairy flying power - and Ellen and I have discussed pursuing this to bring in some technology, design and science into this fairy project too... the abandoned broken bike that we have found could be a useful part in a design/creative display of flight... how do fairies fly? How do other things fly?
But back to the Tea Party and some images of our celebration...
|Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite was being played in the background and all the fairies started to dance and twirl to the fairy music|
|testing out their fairy wings - and of course this testing allows the children to test out elements of risky play - how high to jump/fly from, how hard the surface to land on, can more than one child jump at the same time, and how can that be done?|
|fairy picnic with the fairy cakes that we had made the day before - also with rainbow fruit kebabs and mini- sausages - just as the children had told us what fairies like to eat.|
|adding fairy dust to each child - would it allow us to fly. This was edible glitter and we sprinkled some onto the food too!|
|so now there will be some serious though about how we can challenge the children's thinking and interest in flight so that we can learn more together...|