Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This is the third in a four-part series discussing different forms of storytelling:
Part 1: Folklore
Part 2: Fairy Tales: A Comparison
Part 3: Fairy Tales & Nature
Part 4: Fables and Parables
This is designed as an exploratory lesson to connect fairy tales (not real) with nature (real). The first part will explore how nature is portrayed in fairy tales, and the second part will explore the fairy tale world within nature.
I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense.
~ Beatrix Potter, The Complete Tales
Let the child know they are going on a nature walk to explore the fairy world within nature. If they have a magnifying glass, have them bring it. Discuss the purpose of the activity by encouraging them to look for natural elements that are small and near the ground that can be used by fairies, pixies or elves.
Legend of the Fairy’s Shoe:
In the north coast of Taiwan there is a geological park named YehLiu with a vast and magical landscape featuring amazing formations and natural wonders. One of these is the Fairy’s Shoe, a giant shoe-shaped rock formation on Ginger Rock. According to legend, the shoe was accidentally left behind by a fairy who came down from Heaven to tame the naughty turtle elf.