Mudlark Find Number 6 is a book I’m adding to my Fairies collection. Found in the nursery classroom of my good friend and inspirational teacher, Vanessa Lloyd, now of St Asaph VP Infant school in North Wales, Blossom Buddies: a garden variety makes me smile.
Inspired by her 3 year-old son’s love of being outside, Elsa Mora describes how she “went out with a basket and collected some natural elements like petals, branches, leaves… and started composing silly characters with them in my studio. Since they were so fragile I decided to take some photos so I could look at them later, and that was the beginning of the series of flower characters in this book… I hope that the pages in this book bring a smile to your face and also make you think that it is important to slow down sometimes and enjoy the simple things that life and nature have to offer us every day.”
The petal, twig and leaf characters on each page look like a cross between fairies and aliens, and also make you appreciate the complexity and detail of flower parts. The book itself has around 140 individual flower characters, but you can also purchase a calendar with twelve of the best on a bigger scale (I’ve taken mine apart and laminated each page for use outdoors) and a delightful set of notelets called Ecobuddies (unfortunately only of one of the petal fairies) that would go down well in an outdoor writing kit.
With this section of my website, I share some of the many wonderful treasures I dig up while researching and supporting outdoor play for children from birth to seven. I hope they inspire you too, and help you to create motivational, meaningful and satisfying outdoor play experiences for all the children you work with.
Mudlarking is the ancient practice of digging in the mud of the Thames to find treasures. It still goes on today, uncovering and recovering some amazing artefacts from the life of London city through the centuries. Click on this link for more information about mudlarking.