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Tinker Bell is likely the most beloved fairy in all the world, and isn’t it wonderful that she lives at the Disney Parks? Tink, the ornery little sprite of Peter Pan fame, fluttered off the screen and into the hearts of millions back in 1953. She has long since become one of Disney’s most recognizable and most beloved characters.
This year—this week, in fact—Tink is celebrating her newest film, Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings, which released to DVD and Blu-ray October 23. Introduced in the film is a new character, the frost fairy Periwinkle. Once she meets a warm fairy, who turns out to be her sister (Tinker Bell), Periwinkle is intrigued by the other seasons grows eager to make new friends beyond the Winter Woods. If you’re visiting Disneyland Resort right now, you can meet and greet both Tinker Bell and her newfound sister at Disneyland Park’s Pixie Hollow.
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At Pixie Hollow, Guests magically shrink to fairy size as they enter the secret home of the Disney fairies. Walk along the banks of a peaceful pond and wind past waterfalls as blades of grass and flowers tower high above. Tinker Bell and her friends Silvermist, Iridessa, Fawn, and Rosetta appear throughout the day (check times guide), and during the fall and winter months, Periwinkle will join them. Have your camera ready! When Tinker Bell and Periwinkle get close to each other, their fairy wings magically illuminate.
Also now through the holiday season, a Secret of the Wings-themed ice skating rink will operate at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney area. Located between AMC 12 Theaters and the ESPN Zone, the rink will feature special music and lighting effects. Starting November 12, a special holiday village will surround the rink, as will themed chalets offering seasonal food and merchandise.
Make a coffee filter fairy! They’re very simple and super cute!
You will need:
1 plastic or wooden clothespin
Chenille wire craft sticks (pipe cleaners)
Water soluble markers
1 coffee filter (I only had natural/tan ones, but colors appear more vibrant on white ones)
Fine-tip Sharpies or other permanent markers
Hot glue gun
Scraps of fabric
What to do:
1) Open the coffee filter flat. Beginning at the inner crease, draw concentric circles with the water soluble markers. Make them as thin or as wide as you want. Vary the colors however you choose.
2) Fold the colored coffee filter in half, and then in half again to make a triangular shape.
3) Fill a small bowl about 1/4–inch deep with water, and insert just the tip of the folded filter into the water. Let sit until filter has absorbed water and is completely wet. Point out to your child how the marker colors run.
4) Remove filter from bowl and dump out water. Turn bowl upside-down and lay filter over it to dry.
5) While filter dries, prepare clothespin. Cut a 3-inch piece of a chenille stick (any color) for the arms. Curve into a gentle U shape. Curl ends into hands. Clip down into clothespin as shown.
6) Cut another piece of chenille stick to make the hair (any color). You determine how long you want it to be, then curl up the ends and hot glue it to the tip of the clothespin. Be sure not to glue clothespin shut!
7) Use permanent markers to decorate the fairy face and use scraps of fabric to clothe him/her.
8) When coffee filter is completely dry, find the crease where it was folded in half, and pinch that line to the center, forming wings. Secure that into the clothespin and fluff up the wings. Voila, your very own Tinker Bell, Periwinkle, or other fairy friend!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Art
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary
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