Our Autumn entry in our poetry journal is “The Song of the Acorn Fairy” from “Flower Fairies of the Autumn” by Cicely Mary Barker (ISBN 0-216-91690-9).We have been collecting acorns over the last few weeks and this week we went on an adventure to the Botanic Gardens to find the fairy.
Currently the gardens are hosting a trail for visitors to find six giants in the garden – not real giants as A wondered, but giant trees. The first tree was a golden willow under which we collected a stick ( a wand) and a bundle of string.
As we found each tree there was information on what to collect to attach to our wand.
We also said “The Song of the Acorn Fairy” to see if we had summoned enough magic to discover the the fairy. The final tree we discovered was the Strangler Fig – but still no fairy!
S suggested we find an oak tree for one last try so that is where we ended up. The boys searched round and eventually after reciting the poem again A spotted the fairy at the edge of the information board.
Excited at finding the fairy and with finished wands the boys burst into impromptu, improvised poems about the wind and leaves.
It was a great day – a fabulous trail at the garden, interwoven with our own fairy hunting and a fun way to learn the poem!