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Building Fairy Houses with Liza Gardner Walsh

After a long summer break, I’m back with another Sunday With Sarah for you. I’ve missed you!

This week, I invited my friend Liza Gardner Walsh, author of The Fairy House Handbook  to join me to talk about the history of fairy houses in Maine, and I invited a couple of young friends along to demonstrate.

Building fairy houses is a wonderful outdoor activity that will deepen your child’s connection to nature and engage his or her imagination.

As Liza points out in the video, there are a couple of important rules to remember when building your fairy house:

  • Do not destroy or kill plants, trees or other living things to create your fairy house. Use only bark from fallen trees, or pick flowers (but not the roots).
  • Use only objects from nature that will naturally decompose and go back into the earth. Use no manmade items.

You can find the following books by Liza Gardner Walsh at Bella Luna Toys:

May many fairies inhabit your child’s creations!




Where have your children built fairy houses? In the woods, on the beach, or in a park? Your comments and questions are always welcome!

If your children are experienced fairy house builders, or are inspired by this video, please share photos of their creations with me on Facebook or Instagram.


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  • Reply Vanessa August 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration! I look forward to building some fairy houses this fall with my boys while on hikes. I loved the book and it has inspired so much imagination. Now every where we go my 3 year old son looks for rocks with holes in them to attract fairies!

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