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Fairy Gardening for Creative Kids

Updated on May 27, 2018
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I find fairy gardens enchanting and work the fairy figures and petite plants into my miniature landscaping. Join me, it's lots of fun.

Constructing a fairy garden entices children outdoors. Here, the girls are finding smooth pebbles to make a path in their miniature garden.
Constructing a fairy garden entices children outdoors. Here, the girls are finding smooth pebbles to make a path in their miniature garden. | Source

Children Dirt Imagination = Fairy Gardens

Turn a child onto gardening by engaging their imaginations. Most kids already love playing in dirt, so start with that and help them build a fairy garden.

Turn it into a scavenger hunt that challenges their resourcefulness and creative thinking. They'll learn to recycle and repurpose in this do-it-yourself gardening project.

Sure you can buy cute accessories and little houses that are advertised for elves, gnomes and fairies, but many of these can be made at home. That's where the fun comes in. You can create this in your yard or indoors in a container.

Let's get started with the ideas and suggestions I'll provide here.


Make a Little House for the Fairies to Live In

You can hunt around on the Internet for examples of stone fairy houses. I've found some tutorials for you here: Make a stone fairy house and creating a fairy home.

I've been wanting to make one myself. I found very inexpensive wooden birdhouses at a craft store ($1 each). Collect interesting small pebbles around the yard. Ask at the craft store for the best kind of glue for such a project. Use a glue gun if the child can handle it. IMPORTANT: get the cool kind so they won't get burned.

Get a Book to Inspire You and Your Child

Fairy House Handbook
Fairy House Handbook

There are many books on fairy gardening. This one focuses on fairy houses. I first saw this at the public library and it was such a delightful book that I got a copy to lend to my friends. They wanted to get their grandchildren interested in outdoor activities and this gave them lots of ideas.

 

Ideas for Children Making a Fairy Garden

This delightful figure lives in my garden. She's partial to mossy areas.
This delightful figure lives in my garden. She's partial to mossy areas. | Source

My Little Fairy Needs a Home

She's enjoying this cushy moss, but she really needs a home. Perhaps I should invite some of my friends to bring their children over to make a fairy house and garden for her.

The house doesn't have to be a large one, since fairies spend so much time outdoors. They eat and even sleep outdoors, but sometimes want to retreat to the privacy of their own home.

If you're a bonsai enthusiast why not incorporate a bonsai. Bonsai shops also sell many scale model accessories. You can also hunt model railway shops for scale model things to add to the fairy garden. My minds buzzing now. I'm definitely going to try this with my daughter! Thanks for the inspiration!

— Ashley D. Penn

Examples of Furniture and Houses Made of Twigs - Photos by Virginia Allain (from my sister's collection)

Think how much fun that you and the children can have collecting twigs and making little chairs and tables for the fairy folk.
Think how much fun that you and the children can have collecting twigs and making little chairs and tables for the fairy folk. | Source

Children Can Have Hours of Fun Making Twig Furniture

Their creations might not be as elaborate as the ones I show here, but they may surprise you. Collecting twigs and tying or gluing them into little furniture, bridges, and houses teaches them creativity and resourcefulness.

Make a Tiny Chair from Twigs

Add Some Fairy Figures to the Container Garden

To finish out the container garden or outdoor garden, get some sturdy fairy figures. Your child will delight in moving these about the garden and creating scenes for them.

I have 3 fairy figures in my garden and I have fun finding new places to display them. As you walk my garden pathways, I want to surprise you with a fairy sitting under the fronds of a fern or reclining on a mossy rock.

Queen of the Fairies

Miniature Fairy Garden Queen of the Meadow Fairy
Miniature Fairy Garden Queen of the Meadow Fairy

Isn't this fairy figure a delight! I liked it for the color and that it was in a seated posture. I couldn't resist moving it to new locations to see which I liked best. A child will have so much fun placing the miniature figure in different spots in the garden and creating imaginative scenarios about it.

 

Red Suited Fairy Figure

Miniature Fairy Garden Red Campion Fairy
Miniature Fairy Garden Red Campion Fairy

Fairies aren't just girls. Here's a little boy fairy figure in a charming red outfit with a cap. My friend's grandson thought fairies were just for girls, so she got this little boy figure with the butterfly wings. He was intrigued and then started having fun with the layout of the garden.

She was so happy to get him away from his electronic games for some fresh air and creative play.

 

© 2013 Virginia Allain

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