One of the highlights of the trip was creating fairy gardens. Matt’s aunt brought all the supplies and the kids went nuts with excitement as they all started creating their own little worlds. To be honest I was in on it too, till I told myself to let the kids explore, discover, and create on their own and I retired as the photographer.
Part of the kids excitement was figuring out things they would like to use in their little garden. They started digging up dirt and moss and collecting little plants. It was so fun to watch each of them create something that was unique to them.
They were getting dirty, playing with textures, experimenting with water and learning (without even knowing it). I love these moments. We found ourselves talking about roots and what plants needed to live and found ways to save water in their own little gardens. This was hands on Science at its best.
- Little plants
Here are some ideas of cheap little things you can pick up from a craft store or may already have around your house to add to your garden.
- Little animals (we had a porcelain frog and a cloth butterfly originally in ours and added plastic bugs from the Dollar Tree once we got home)
- Small pots
- Little shovels/buckets (may find in the scrap-book aisle at a craft store) or here are some tools online.
- Shallow glass container (coasters work great) to create a pond or pool
- Paper drink umbrellas
- Stick, wire, cloth, clothespins to create a clothesline
The biggest thing is to use your imagination and have fun when creating a fairy garden. My kids loved making these. We (of course) brought them back from our mountain getaway and they played with them for days. They would add and subtract things, water them, and literally dream with them.
My boys started using them for their bugs (that they would catch) as a home.They would lay on their bellies in the grass and watch the bugs move around. Reagan turned hers into a My Little Pony playground. It was so fun to watch.
I hope you are able to use your imagination and give outlets for your kids to use theirs as well this week. Thanks so much for stopping by!