We filled the tub with potting mix, and planted a selection of grasses and a couple of flowering plants to colour and height.
Such was the enthusiasm that we ended up grabbing another pot and making not one, but two fairy gardens.
Once the planting frenzy was over, we set out a selection of bits and pieces and let the children go to town with the decorating. We had:
- coloured glass stones
- paddle pop sticks
- small ceramic dishes
- miniature butterflies
- peg people
- small animals
The sign - dictated to my colleague - reads "Remember don't bring scissors where the fairies are." Good to know.
There is something that children find enchanting about the scale of a fairy garden - and of course they love to imagine and create with little treasures.
With the addition of some stumps, and a wooden tree house we soon had not just a fairy garden but a whole fairy community.
Fairy Gardens - the ultimate outdoor dolls house.
We aren't the only ones who have been busy creating a home for the fairies:
Fairy Gardens @ Tales from Windmill Fields
Create a Fairy Garden @ Go Explore Nature
Children's Backyard Fairy Garden @ Pink and Green Mama
Backyard Fairies @ Messy Kids
What to put in your fairy garden? Let these bloggers help you:
Fairy Camp @ Kleas
Toadstools for a Fairy Garden @ Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning