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Windows into Nature: Fairy Houses for Children and Families

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Join E.A.T. South and environmental educator and author Renee Simmons Raney as we explore the natural world through fairy houses.

Building fairy houses gives children, ages 7-107,  an opportunity to balance their play time away from the world of technology. A daily dose of nature will improve attention, focus, and memory. Nature also has a healing power, improving children’s cognitive development. Creative play in nature nurtures language and collaborative skills, awareness, reasoning and observational skills. Creative nature play helps to instill a sense of place and connectivity through observation.Renee says, “Fairy houses are excellent tools for increasing observation skills. Thinking on a small scale inspires children to look at everything more closely, whether it is a leaf, a flower, or a bug. Instead of looking at the forest or farm as a whole, they begin to see all the diverse components that make up the floor, the canopy, and the creatures that inhabit it. There is a whole new world waiting in the woods and the garden! ”

Copies of Renee’s book Hairy, Scary but Mostly Merry Fairies will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $20 per family and can be purchased through Eventbrite or E.A.T. South's Facebook page.