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Spring into Spring with a Fairy Ring

Yipedeedoo! We’ve now officially bounced into spring and we’re all very excited at Twinklesteps HQ about the lighter days, flowers exploding into colour and those exciting glimpses of warm sunshine. The fairies are starting to yawn and stretch and make an appearance in the garden, so maybe it’s time to discover your fairy name, dream up some magical powers and get out there and join them. We have a fun new play activity to get your going. Find out how to Make a Fairy Ring below…

The sun is shining and there’s so much to do out there in the garden. The birds love to watch Twinklesteps when she practices her ballet moves, I bet they’d love to watch you too!

spring into spring

Can you dance like Twinklesteps in the garden to entertain the birds? You could wear ballet shoes, boots, trainers or even dance barefoot in the spongy new spring grass. For extra magical effect dance in our light-up ballet shoes, which really encourage dance, imagination and play (more here).

To make things even more magical in the garden why not Make a fairy ring?

You will need:
Long ribbons, tulle or strips of material
Bamboo canes (or use existing trees)
That’s it!

Weave ribbon in and out of trees or push a few bamboo canes in the ground and let your child make their own magical space to dance or play in – they might need help to make a doorway. Here’s one of our Twinklesteps fans making a fairy ring. These can create hours of fun and could be as big or small as you wish – the simplest ideas are the best 😉

Fairy Ring magical play

Pssst, Easter is coming. Try our Ballet themed Easter Hunt here.

Have fun, from the Twinklesteps Team.

Garden flower ballerina games

Have you got ballerinas hiding in your garden? If you look carefully you’re sure to find some, you might find they even dance in the breeze! A great game to play is looking around the garden and seeing how many different flower ballerinas you and your child can find. If you have lots like these fushias, why not pick a few and play with a whole fairy ballerina family. You could watch how the flowers move in the breeze and ask your child if they can move like a fairy ballerina too: light, airy and gracefully.

Fushia ballerina.jpg

These flowers might not look so much like a ballerina, but they do bare a resemblance to a tutu. Maybe your child will be inspired to put on a tutu or a swooshy skirt and dance like a flower ballerina. Imagination and inspiration brings out some very expressive dancing 🙂

Flower ballerina tutuIf those flowers reminded you more of a pancake tutu, these ones might remind you of a Romantic tutu:Flower fairy hat

I wonder if the designers of Marie Taglioni’s beautiful Romantic tutu were inspired by nature?

Marie Taglioni wearing a 'Romantic Tutu'

Marie Taglioni wearing a ‘Romantic Tutu’

Do you think Twinklesteps skirt looks like a flower? – she is a nature lover after all and likes nothing better than practicing her ballet in the garden with the birds.

Practising ballet in the garden

Have some fun in the garden looking for flower ballerinas and dancing using movements and dressing up inspired by nature. Don’t forget you can buy our sparkly tutus and ballet adventure book (which the image above is taken from), in our shop here.

Have  fun dancing and exploring outdoors, from the Twinklesteps team 🙂

Kick off Your Shoes and Dance

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone. It’s the time of year to feel optimistic and ready for new challenges and adventures. With that in mind we thought we’d share with you the perfect New Years Resolutions for parents and their young children to enjoy together. We love, love LOVE ballet but whether your kids love ballet and dancing like Twinklesteps or are mad about something entirely different, these ideas will put a spring in your step.

Giselle

Kick of your shoes and dance!

There’s no better way to create some enjoyable moments together and happy memories than doing dancing or exercise together. There are lots of dance classes for children and dance classes for big people but not so much out there for you to enjoy together. If making up your own routine together is too daunting, we love this video by Scottish Ballet. Aimed at children aged 3-6 years this exercise routine is a gentle introduction to ballet and yoga moves. Tried and tested by one of our Twinkle fans it has our seal of approval and we recommend trying this together with your child if you want 15 minutes of pure pleasure: grab the moon, sprinkle fairy dust and enjoy being a tree blowing in the wind.

Grab a notepad and paper and get writing

Try writing a poem or story together. You could even act it out. Make up some costumes and props and you have a rainy afternoon sorted. Here’s a poem we wrote for National Poetry Day to inspire you: Dancing in the Rain. Why not try your own weather poem to get you started – it’s easy to act out sunshine, rain, wind and snow with movement and actions. If you or your child know any basic ballet steps, incorporate them into the story – point your toes!

Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

When is a stone not a stone? When you draw a picture on it and make it into a canvas. When is a skipping rope not a skipping rope? When you lay it down and balance on it like a tightrope walker. When is a rose not a rose? When it’s being transformed into magical fairy perfume:

Mix the fairy perfume

Mix the fairy perfume

What everyday things can you make extraordinary?

Let this year be the year of the book

There’s a storm brewing outside, the wind is battering the branches of the trees and howling like the Growling Goblin and rain is hammering on the windows. It’s the perfect time to curl up with your child, choose a book and let the magical world of words whisk you away on an adventure. We love books which inspire children to dance, which is why we wrote ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong‘. Learn about ballet and find out what the Growling Goblin has stolen in our ballet adventure about Twinklesteps and her magic ballet shoes.

Twinklesteps & the Disappearing Birdsong

Twinklesteps & the Disappearing Birdsong

What books inspire you to dance, practice your ballet, or make life more magical? Let us know in the comments below.

Have a magical year full of ballet, dancing and creativity. Oh, and LOTS of fun 🙂

From The Twinkle Team.

What are Tutus Made of?

What are Tutus made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice…

Sparkly Tutu Skirt and wand

Sparkly Tutu Skirt

Well they’re normally made from layers of tulle which is a fine, light-weight netting and the magic comes from the wearer. Not only are tutus beautiful, but the movement of the light layers of tulle show off the ballet dancer’s intricate footwork and exaggerate their graceful storytelling. This short video is a great intro on the different styles of tutu and well worth a watch:

When it comes to young children, tutus certainly have the power to transform the wearer into a magical world. It’s great fun to watch the transformation in a child when they put on their tutu: they immediately turn into a little ballet dancer doing lots of turns, little runs on their tip toes and big leaps. Fascinated by seeing how the skirt moves when they turn and seeing the beautiful, fairy-like fabric, is a great motivator in encouraging them to dance and be creative. Find out more about our own beautiful sparkly tutu skirts here and watch our video showing some simple exercises and creative movement your child can copy: CLICK HERE

The Fairy Dance

The Fairy Dance

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post from the Twinkle Team and do let us know your thoughts in the comments box below 🙂

Top Christmas pressies for children who love ballet

YIPPEE, Christmas is just around the corner and we’re very excited here in Twinklesteps Land! Inspired by the amount of lovely ballet themed goodies there are out there we thought we’d write you a top ten list of Christmas Presents for children who love ballet, dancing and magical make believe. Some are our own beloved Twinklesteps products and some are things we adore and can’t resist sharing.

1) This very pretty, sparkly ballet skirt, with hundreds of little holograms that sparkle when they catch the light, is a magical must-have!

Sparkly Skirt and wand

Sparkly Skirt and wand

2) This musical box by Enchantmints is gorgeous with loads of compartments for all your treasures.

Enchantmints Ballet School Music Box

Enchantmints Ballet School Music Box

3) This is super cute. A ballerina drinks bottle which is beautifully illustrated and teaches you dance moves. For sale at Dance Wear Central.

Tyrrell Katz Ballet Drinking Bottle

Tyrrell Katz Ballet Drinking Bottle

4) This is a present to treasure. A wooden musical box with figures dancing to Swan Lake. Just gorgeous.

Ballet Theatre Music Box

Ballet Theatre Music Box

5) A perfect size for a santa sack or chunky Christmas stocking, ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong’ is our recommended Christmas read to get the magic swirling during the festive season. Find out about our very special introductory offer here.

Twinklesteps birdsong ballet book

Twinklesteps birdsong ballet book

6) Another lovely gift from Dancewear Central is this pretty ballet charm bracelet:

Child's charm bracelet

Child’s charm bracelet

7) This is a lovely idea. Get creative with this ballerina doll kit available at Artifolk.

Easy-to-do Doll Making Kit - Ballerina

Easy-to-do Doll Making Kit – Ballerina

8) Hours of fun with this ballerina dress up puzzle by Melissa and Doug, available from Mulberry Bush.

Ballerina Dress Up Peg Puzzle

Ballerina Dress Up Peg Puzzle

9) Beautiful ballerina skipping rope from Makes a Change which will keep your child on their toes! What’s more it’s fair-trade too. Brilliant!

Ballet Dancer Skipping Rope

Ballet Dancer Skipping Rope

10) No Christmas stocking would be complete without a little bottle of fairy dust. Let the magic begin…and for ÂŁ1.50 you can’t go wrong! Comes with a lovely little note from Twinklesteps, the fairy ballerina 🙂 Find out more here.

Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust

11) Finally, we’re adding a cheeky number 11 which is a link to ideas from Zazzle which would appeal to boys as well as girls. Featuring ideas like this Nutcracker keyring we hope you’ll find something for every ballet mad child 🙂

Nutcracker Keyring

Nutcracker Keyring

For more ballet inspired Christmas goodies and ideas see our Pinterest board ‘Ballet Inspired Christmas‘.

Merry Christmas from the Twinkle Team.

Nursery Rhymes to Dance to

We’re big fans of Nursery Rhymes…each one has a story to tell, some capturing gruesome historical events in simple, innocent rhyme and others fun, beguiling and delightful. They’re a fantastic way to encourage communication, a love of music, learning & participation as well as being enormous fun to sing. Here are three nursery rhymes we particularly like since they encourage dance and movement as well as actions and singing.

Are you ready? Stand up and get ready to march along to…

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

Find out about the history of The Grand Old Duke of York here.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

When the blazing sun is gone
When he nothing shines upon
Then you show your little light
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Young children often learn this with twinkly hand movements and it’s also a great one to use your whole body to dance to. Check out this rather fun version from The Wiggles with some  ballet choreography you could copy:

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning

You’d be hard pushed to resist dancing to this nursery rhyme and it’s a great one to do outside. The song has several verses with lots of scope for creative movement in the lyrics. Read the whole song here.

And just for a bit of fun, since we couldn’t find a nursery rhyme all about fairies (do tell us if you know any) we’re sharing our own very Twinklesteps song written by Stephanie Gardner:

Twinklesteps Song

When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
A little girl smiling, who looks just like me.
With wings and a crown, and all dressed in pink.
She’s a fairy or princess. That’s what I think.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

She is waving her wand, with a smile on her face.
She is spreading her magic all over the place.
She winks and she whispers “the magic’s complete”.
There are two sparkling shoes on my two little feet.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

I hope you enjoyed reading this and do let us know what you think in the comments section below. Check out our shop for all your fairy ballerina accessories, perfect for creative play, and for our very first book about Twinklesteps the Fairy Ballerina.

By the Twinkle Team

Ballet inspired Halloween

Halloween is coming…and ballet knows how to do eery with elegance! Ballet offers plenty of scope for the imagination when thinking about Halloween. The Romantic period was a time when pointe work was introduced to give the appearance of the supernatural, with en pointe meaning dancers could glide over the floor in a ghostly, ethereal manner.

With fantastical plots, magical themes, dark characters and the other worldly feel of ballet there’s a wealth of ideas from the world of ballet to inspire you this Halloween. We’ve had a lot of fun picking out ballet inspired Halloween images to share with you over on our Pinterest page. Head on over there to see fantastical ballet costumes from The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, ghostly Giselle and the spellbinding Sleeping Beauty. With fairies, witches, ghosts, curses, spells, magical shoes, fantasy creatures and spellbinding costumes you’ll love these ideas. Nudge us if you see any beauties we need to add.

We absolutely love this YouTube demonstration of Halloween evil witch make-up from Scottish Ballet. See how you can go from being a beautiful witchy queen to an evil one in under one minute! Scottish Ballet are touring Hansel & Gretel with special versions for ‘wee’ people – see our what’s on page for tour dates and locations.

Finally, we just had to share this image of ballerina Marie Taglioni, who is credited with being the first dancer to dance on pointe (on the very tips of the toes):

Marie Taglioni

Marie Taglioni

Have a really fun Halloween and see if you can mix eery with elegant using inspiration from the world of ballet 🙂

– the Twinklesteps Team

Our first magical ballet book for children is now live!

We’re bubbling over with excitement to announce our first book, ‘Twinklesteps and the Disappearing Birdsong‘ is now published! Copies are flying off the shelves like disappearing birds to letterboxes all over the country, sprinkling magic and adventure wherever they land.

Here’s a sneaky preview of the book:

“Twinklesteps pointed her feet. Her magic shoes flashed and sparkled. The birds opened their beaks but no sound came out! Not a tweet or a cheep or a whistle.”

Image

The aim of the book is to spread a love of dance and ballet to young children by transporting them into a world of magical adventure with Twinklesteps the fairy ballerina as an inspiring role model. References to ballet are sprinkled throughout the book and children are encouraged to think, question and take part with Twinklesteps as the story unravels.

The book is suitable for readers aged 6 + to read alone or for parents to share with younger children.

“I liked Twinklesteps because she was kind. And I liked the little purple bird but not the goblin.” Freya aged 3 1/2

“A really fun book to read with my child. I loved the interactive nature of the book and the beautiful illustrations. A sure indicator that it was well written was that I was asked to read it from cover to cover three times in quick succession!” Marie, parent

Special Offer: To go with the magical theme of the book, we have a very special introductory offer for you. Buy from our shop now and you’ll receive the book for just ÂŁ4.99 with a cute little bottle of fairy dust in a gorgeous pink organza bag. Buy here.

Ballet and imagination

Shhh, let’s tip toe through the dark forest with wands held out as torches!

Imagination and play is a wonderful way of encouraging young children to enjoy dance & the delights of ballet. It’s no coincidence that fairies and ballet often go hand in hand when it comes to inspiring young children to dance. There’s a magical quality about ballet: the beautiful costumes, the storytelling and the other worldly feel of watching dancers move so gracefully, so the magical world of fairies is an ideal theme to introduce children to creative movement and basic ballet steps. With that in mind the Twinklesteps character was developed as an inspiring role model to encourage younger children to dance. The Twinklesteps sparkly play shoe is in progress, as is the Twinklesteps ballet shoe which will inspire and motivate young dancers to stretch right to the end of their toes by lighting up when the foot points correctly.

Twinklesteps is a little girl who is also a fairy, who loves to dance and has shoes that sparkle when she points her toes.

Twinklesteps is a little girl who is also a fairy, who loves to dance and has shoes that sparkle when she points her toes.

The Twinklesteps shop sells beautiful British-made tutus, Twinklesteps leotards, butterfly wands, fairy wings and tiaras. Keep the dance magic alive.