Rainbow Magic Fairy Party

choreography fairy

The Plan:

  • 5 minutes of getting settled and greeting (get a snack on your way into the room)
  • 10 minutes of reading aloud from Vanessa the Choreography Fairy
  • 30 minutes of craft time: Make your own Fairy Wings
  • 15 minutes of dance party
  • …with a photo booth open throughout

(This formula gets a lot of mileage at my library: it’s the same thing we do for New Year’s Noon, and we’re using it again for the Elephant & Piggie Party this fall)

everybody dance now!

everybody dance now!

The Budget:

  • Crafts for 30 children – wings and stickers: about $80
  • Cupcakes and juice boxes for 30 children: about $25
  • Decorations for the room and photo booth: about $75

I’m lucky enough to work in a library that can bear such expense, but it can be done exactly the same for as little as $43. Here’s how:

  • Nix the decor purchases and reuse whatever brightly colored tablecloths, toys, posters, and decorations your library has kept in storage (you could even create a rainbow backdrop for your photo booth out of multicolored copier paper)
  • Trim the craft budget by buying only the wings; reuse stickers from your craft closet or just let children color with markers
  • Don’t serve food

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Do you have even less than $43? Make a different craft: magic wands out of dowel rods or pencils would be nice! Or staple blank paper into mini-books and print out pictures of fairies to glue inside or on the cover: each child can name the fairies and write stories about them.

Why should you do this program?

  1. It’s an easy-peasy crowd pleaser. This was one of the easiest and most successful programs that I’ve presented in my entire career. Caregivers and staff alike were over-the-moon complimentary; children were awed, thrilled, and amazed throughout.
  2. It celebrates literacy. The Rainbow Magic Fairy books are just that: books! They’re outrageously popular and they don’t have a tv show or movie to propel that success. Children love reading about the adventures of the fairies and the talents that make each one special, and I wanted to reinforce for these kids and their parents that these books are VALID and GREAT, no matter what fairy prejudices you might have.
  3. It’s inclusive. In promotional text, I specifically noted that this party was “for boys and girls.” When I got questions about whether it was “just girl stuff,” I was careful to always say the party was “for children of all genders who are interested in fairies.” At the program, I talked with all of the children about the talents that each Rainbow Magic Fairy has, and asked them what their talents would be: the answers I got ranged from Gymnastics and Football to Arts & Crafts and Reading. I drew their attention to talents we all have: Listening, Being a Good Friend, Taking Care of our Pets, etc. I wanted each one of them to think about what makes them special, and it was FREAKING. PERFECT.
  4. And then, we danced! Librarians love dancing because it’s a perfectly fun free-form exercise that gets parents and kids moving together. I like combining physical activity with mental activity in my programs, especially for this age, K-3 grade, which is when lots of curricula and programs start sitting them down for more serious brain-work.
Miss Maggie is ready. Bring it on!

Miss Maggie is ready. Bring it on!

I’m indebted to Literary Commentary and erinisinire for their great ideas and commentary on this program, as well as to my spectacular colleagues Ms. E and Ms. S who helped me pull it all off. Librarianship is truly a collaborative field where we all support each other and make each other better. Y’all are the literal best. And I love you.

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