I recently rented the new release movie in the Disney Tinker Bell series: Secret of the Wings. The kids enjoyed it, and I noticed our fairy dolls pop up around the house in the weeks after. I didn’t sit down to watch the entire movie with the children, but from the snippets I got it’s about Tinker Bell meeting Periwinkle from the Winter Woodlands, with the theme of friendship and family.
I love the change of seasons; it’s something I often mention to my husband. “I would love to live somewhere where the seasons really change! The white of Winter verses the green of Summer.” Here in Brisbane, there’s really only two seasons: Summer and Autumn. And so, I was inspired by my love of seasons and this movie which combines them, plus the obvious interest my children had in playing with fairy dolls, in a simple play scene.
I do love this sort of thing: facilitating play that’s an experience. Not always possible but I love when it comes together. So, we rented the DVD and I had all the things I needed for the play scene ready to go when the time was right for hours of afternoon fun. It really (really) only takes under 5 minutes to set up.
What you need
A variety of plastic containers. I used 1 x rectangle, 1 x round and 3 x different sized cups (for the ice stepping stones).
Large plastic container (underbed storage size is perfect)
A stick or branch
Leaves or Fake flowers
Winter Woodlands Side
The kids were all kinds of thrilled with the big blocks of ice, I can tell you! To create the Winter Woodlands side, freeze the ice blocks over night and when the time is right to play, turn out the ice from the containers and place at one side of the underbed storage container. Ice like this, without the water, lasts for at least a couple of hours (and I noticed my children playing with the scens days after, even though there was a fine layer of water at the base).
For the Sumer side, we used a section a branch which we decorated by pushing on collected leaves. A few stones (or bricks) can be used to hold the stick in place. We also put a few fake flowers to brighten it up. Only thing left to do was to join the Winter and Summer side by adding a few stepping stones to meet the ice steps.
Easy! We already had a few Tinker Bell dolls (they were about $7 each) but any dolls/fairies can be used…or even animal figures and pet shop toys. You can extent this play idea by making fairy clothes too. Tutorial in this post: DIY (No Sew) Doll Clothes.