Cornish pixies are not dissimilar to fairies. They are mythical creatures that originate from Cornish folk law and typically live in forests, moorlands or caves. With Coombe Mill having a forested Fairy garden and being located on the edge of Bodmin Moor we are well placed to host and entertain few pixies and I thought they would make a fun theme for our activity hour.
Painting Cornish Pixies
We began by painting some Cornish pixie pictures. I always find it fascinating to see the different styles between girls and boys. Careful painting in pretty pinks and purples for the girls with bright colours merging to brown for the boys!
Pixies come in a variety of colours but invariably feature wings. With painted hands cleaned up we were set to make some pixie cakes featuring colourful butter cream bodies and wings. I helped each individually with the knife cutting the cake while they chose and added the rest.
When everyone had finished they sat in the sun on our Brug enjoying their creations.
Fuelled by cake, my pixie lovers jumped up to embark on some running and rolling down the hill just as they imagined a Cornish Pixie might play late at night when we are all asleep.
Over in the Fairy Gardens I had hidden 12 colourful Cornish Pixie pictures. The children were excited to hunt for them hiding in the bushes and amongst the trinkets in there.
They enjoyed the pixie hunt so much that once we found all 12 pictures they asked if they could hide them all again for the adults to find. We duly obliged, twice, before they all lined up to show off the pixie cards we all had to find.
Like fairies pixies are only tiny. I had a collection of clothes items our pixies had asked me to decorate for them and hang up for them to collect in the fairy gardens. With colourful felt tips the children helped to fulfil the pixies wishes. I hung them all up in the fairy garden as requested and suggested the children kept an eye on them to see if they were taken.
Each morning the children came up to me to say which items had been taken overnight. One by one they all disappeared. I think we have some very happy Cornish Pixies dancing round at Coombe Mill. The children are still waiting to see a pixie for themselves but the folk law lives on.
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