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Fairy doors bring a bit of magic to Guildford

Do your children love the magical world of fairies, elves and pixies? Would they like to create their very own fairy door for your front yard?

Transition Town Guildford (TTG) has won a grant to run fairy door making workshops for local children in Guildford and surrounds. The workshops will be held to celebrate National Families Week (15 to 21 May).

The 45 minute workshops will be hosted at Guildford Library. The workshops are aimed at children aged 3 to 8, but younger and older children are very welcome to participate.

In the workshop, children will be shown how to create a basic fairy door from balsa wood and pop sticks*. Once the fairy door has been put together, children can then build their own magical creations using selection of buttons, beads, glitter, paint, ribbons, string and many other items.

Once children have completed their fairy door, a photo will be taken of their creation and added to a display in the library. We then encourage you to take your door home and attach it to a tree on your verge or front yard, or your fence or that of a neighbour (with permission of course).

Then you and your children can hunt for fairy doors all around Guildford. Fairy door game sheets will be available from the library and we challenge you to see how many you can find!

Fairy door image - sparkles

When: Saturday 16 May, 11am – 11.45am OR Monday 18 May, 3.30pm – 4.15pm
Where: Guildford Library, 97 James Street, Guildford

Click here to book a place for your child at one of the above workshop.  Please book a place for each child who will be attending and advise of their name and age.

Children attending Storytime on Monday at the library will also have an opportunity to decorate a fairy door, however no bookings are required for this session.

If your children are not able to attend the workshop but would like to participate, please email lianda19@hotmail.com and we will send you an instruction sheet on how to create a fairy door; alternatively these will be available in the library during National Families Week.

* Please note that a low heat hot glue gun will be available to use at the workshop only under parental supervision. A parent or carer will need to remain in the library during the workshop.

Kindly supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities

Come join the Playborhood!

Do you remember playing out on the streets when you were a kid? We used to play out until dark. I don’t remember all of our games, but I know they didn’t involve any adults and they were a lot of fun! In fact it was a neighborhood kid who taught me how to ride a two wheeler bike. Were neighborhoods safer than they are now? Statistics would say they are even safer now than they’ve ever been, yet they feel more dangerous – increasingly neighbors don’t know each other, kids don’t know each other. It’s rare to see groups of children playing out on the street, or neighbors shooting the breeze over a cup tea. What happened?

Well, we know we have a culture of fear. Kids are rarely permitted to play out alone. Home improvements tend to focus on back yards, behind high fences or indoor playrooms. The media constantly tells us that children are using screens ‘too much’. How much is too much could be debated at length, but what I do know is that if we want to get kids outside more, outside has to be more appealing. It has to proximally close, going to the park is fun, but not always easy and immediate. It has to be social – the back yard is great, but there may not be other kids there. And it has to be exciting – let’s face it, most neighborhoods today are set up for cars and privacy, how much fun is there really out on the street?

But we can make our communities amazing, vibrant, welcoming places for kids again. And I believe that Guildford is the perfect community for this.

I’m interested in making my front yard a place where not only my daughter plays, but in which children in the neighborhood are welcome to play too. If others were keen to do this, we could have community of front yards where children can play freely and enjoy each others company.

Maybe you have a fantastic driveway for scooters and bikes, or a trampoline, or a great patch of grass you could chuck some toys out on. A chalk board out the front or a swing in your tree? A bench in the front yard for parents to sit, meet each other, chat and watch the kids play? Could a cubby go out the front rather than in the back yard?

If you are interested being part of an action group that creates a vibrant community for our children to play out, as we did when we were young, then please get in touch.

Contact Lianda on 0411 066 595 or lianda19@hotmail.com

February Movie – Project Wild Thing

The monthly movie for February will be Project Wild Thing – a look at our relationship with technology and re-connecting kids with nature.

Date: Tuesday, February 11 (2nd Tuesday of the month all 2014)

Venue: The Stirling Arms Hotel

Time: 6 pm for food and drinks, 7 pm for screening Entry by donation

Watch the TrailerProject wild thing trailer
IMDB score 8.1/ 10

Read Summary
“David Bond is concerned. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a
cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn
them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend
way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. He decides
it’s time to get back to nature – literally. In an attempt to compete with the
brands, which take up a third of his daughter’s life, Bond appoints
himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman,
he sets about developing a campaign and a logo. With the help of a
number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British
families. His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern
family life. His product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits – but is
Nature past its sell-by date?” via IMDB