OK – so perhaps this is a little misleading. Given that we don’t have unicorns. But don’t let that stop you having a wonderful, dressed up walk at dusk in the beautiful New Forest.
For little girls this is a great idea and requires a little imagination, a couple of head torches, magnifying glasses, some DIY glitter carrots and lots of story-telling.
You’re also going to need basic horse tracking knowledge (i.e. google which way a horses footprint points forwards and then just go and look for footprints).
You can use this ideas as a play extension from these books…
Or if you’ve got older kids then visit this webpage for some humour. http://www.unicorn-dream.co.uk/unicorn4.html
The best areas for unicorns are apparently;
Around Rhinefield walk, the forest near Brockenhurst and The Pig Hotel and in and around the Norley Wood enclosure. The best time to see them is at dusk. Also apparently if you wear full fairy outfits this also helps. Adults too (please send us photos).
For an authentic experience you’re going to need to do two visits to your unicorn spotting site;
- Go earlier in the day with the kids, with them fully dressed in fairy kit (obviously this really helps to see the unicorns) and walk around, try to be quiet a few times, talk about where unicorns would like to live, what sort of thing they eat and drink, where the go in bad weather etc.
- Try to track some ponies hoof prints and look at their dung and you’ll be able to convince most small children that you’re on the scent of unicorns or perhaps the cousin of the unicorn, New Forest ponies.
- When you can’t find a unicorn, be positive and make a plan to come back later and see if you can see them at night (dusk). Be sure to leave out some glitter carrots that you’ve made for them (edible glitter please just in case real ponies eat them).
- At dusk, return to your site. Get the kids wearing head torches and be quiet. Turn off the torches and listen to the forest and the sounds at night which is a lovely wild experience for the kids anyway. You’ll hear crows coming in and birds finding their roosts. Listen to animals walking on the leaves, try and hear twigs cracking to find which direction an animal might be in. This can be really exciting if you can get the kids to be quiet for long enough.
- Return to the glitter carrots and perhaps someone might have been in and eaten them (this means parents get in before and sneakily make it look like so!)
To extend this idea, you could;
- Fairy cupcake making at home – great pics for cloud cupcakes on our Pintrest board below. (Use ribbon sweets for the rainbow arch.)
- High tea for forest fairies on the beach or in dens
- Fairy daytime disco
- Hot chocolate on the beach (take it in thermos flasks) and sparklers before you go out unicorn hunting at dusk.
- You can do a ‘midnight’ feast in the forest too if you can bear the sugar rush near bedtime.
More inspiration for you on our Pintrest board – on Unicorns.