Isadora Moon's Activities for Children
Here at Waterstones, we know that the last weekend of the Easter holidays can be hard to fill. That's why we've asked Isadora Moon creator Harriet Muncaster to put together a fantastic array of activity ideas and free downloadable resources to help you keep little ones entertained, whatever the weather.
While Isadora Moon’s dad hates the springtime - he’s a vampire so the days getting longer is bad news - her fairy mother adores the spring. She loves seeing daffodils and snowdrops blooming, birds singing while they build nests, and the sun shining more brightly each day. She also loves to take her baths in the garden pond at this time of year! I wouldn’t go that far, but I’m definitely more fairy than vampire when it comes to enjoying the spring. There is no better way to appreciate this time of year than to get out in nature.
If you’re looking for activities to do with your own mini-fairies and vampires during the holidays, a walk amongst the trees and flowers is an absolute must. Make the walk more magical by turning it into a treasure hunt. I remember one time when I was young my mum made a little box of marzipan bears and secretly went ahead to hide them along the lane near our house. She told us we were going on a bear hunt, and we were so excited when we found them! The idea clearly rubbed off on me because when I was a little older I started writing tiny fairy letters that I hid in the garden for my sister to find.
These would be great to hide in low branches and on the back of park benches. You could even make it more exciting by buying or making physical versions of Pink Rabbit, a sparkly wand and a glittering tiara.
If you’ve got a group of children over the break – perhaps cousins visiting or it’s someone’s birthday? – you could turn an afternoon into an Isadora Moon party. The Isadora Moon Party Pack has lots of ideas for indoor or outdoor games, decorations, costumes and food. As an added bonus, preparing the party food with your children beforehand is a fun shared activity in itself. And I’ve taste-tested all the recipes, so I know they’re delicious!
For a quieter evening or a rainy afternoon indoors, I've put together some activity sheets for you. I have tried to create activities that I myself would have adored doing as a child.
One of my favourite activity sheets – just because I LOVE miniature things – is the Make Your Own Isadora Moon Mini-Books activity. I put together a tutorial video for how to make them, which you can watch here. These books are so cute, and the friendship book makes a lovely little gift for your child to give to a friend on the first day back at school.
Finally, if you’re looking for a creative project that your child can really get into, I recently put together The Isadora Moon Guide to Writing Stories, which you can find below. I have always loved creating and illustrating characters and stories, right from being very young. In fact, my favourite thing about school holidays was the long unbroken days where I could just write and draw.
But even if you have brilliant and imaginative ideas, as children often do, it can be difficult weaving them into complete stories. That’s why I created my step-by-step writing guide, full of activities and ideas and examples from my Isadora Moon books, to help any child create a story they can be proud of. There are even some ideas in the last few pages for making your own Isadora Moon story dice and creating stories collaboratively with a friend!
However you choose to spend it, I hope you have a sparkling and magic-filled holiday!
Love, magic and sparkle,
Harriet Muncaster x
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