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Tuesday, 9 December 2008
I have been asked several time if I make counting fairies (like our Counting Ladybugs and Fish sets)~ I always hesitated because I couldn't figure out what to count (ie the spots on the ladybugs) and how NOT to make it look like a fairy football team with numbers on their backs!

I was finally inspired!

These needlefelted fairy girls are made with 100% new wool roving (lovely, soft merino) and have tussah (peace) silk accents. They stand from 3 - 5" tall. All six are included in the set.

Each piece is firmly felted as one piece and all accents are deeply rooted making these pieces safe and durable. We do not recommend them for children who still chew their toys (soggy fairies can't fly!).

I love making toys that are very simple but have maximum play value over a wide age range. These fairies make me happy :).

1) Practice colours.
2) Count the flowers~ each fairy is holding the number of flowers to correspond to the numeral on her base.
3) Arrange by size.
(and if you arrange by size, the colours will be sequential, as will the number of flowers!)
4) Practice spatial concepts~ large to small, beside, in front of and so on.
5) Do simple math~ add, subtract, recognize numerals and amounts.
6) Each fairy has a unique hair colour, texture and skin colour representing human diversity.
7) Each fairy is carrying a specific type of flower: rose, poppy, daisy, clover, lupin and violet.
8) Imaginative play~ these fairies are open ended toys and love to fly, play on nature tables, ride in the car, tuck into a pocket and generally be a magical little companion for a little one.

Faces are 'open' in the Waldorf style, allowing the child to imagine the emotions and expressions.

So there we have it~ Count Your Fairies!


Kathleen said...

I love them! You have thought of everything!

Sue said...

Very cute and well thought trough!
Great job!Love them! :0)

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

Oh wow! I'm speechless... those are simply gorgeous!

BeckyKay said...

These are so sweet! Gorgeous work!

Anonymous said...

Sooo, how do I get my hands on some of those??

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