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!
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)
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 😉
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.
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 🙂
If those flowers reminded you more of a pancake tutu, these ones might remind you of a Romantic tutu:
I wonder if the designers of Marie Taglioni’s beautiful Romantic tutu were inspired by nature?
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.
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.
Who loves being creative? Well this week we thought it would be fun to be creative with ballet shoes. Children love using ballet and dance to transport them into a different place and one really fun way of encouraging young children to love putting on their ballet shoes is to decorate them.
Pipe cleaners are a really easy way to get started and can add a bit of colour and sparkle. Twirl and twist them into shapes:
Another simple idea is to attach a flower to each ballet slipper: dried or fresh both work well.
Have any scraps of tulle laying about? How about a tulle rose or ribbons. If you don’t have any, scraps of any material would work well:
You could do this activity with your child or give them some materials and leave them to it. Here’s the results of one of our Twinkle fans, aged 4:
Now it’s time to enjoy some dancing and dressing up. Put on some music and have fun!
Do post any creative ballet shoe ideas you’ve tried to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your photos on our Facebook page. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Psssst, watch for our very special sparkly ballet slippers coming soon in our shop.
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.