Terrific Terrariums & Fairy Gardens
HOW TO CREATE A FAIRY GARDEN
If you want your children to be skilled and creative problem solvers, consider preparing outdoor play spaces for imaginative play! Fantasy play and imaginative role playing, in spaces like fairy gardens, are well established pre-cursers to divergent and original problem solving later in life; skills that are well recognized in highly effective students.
Fairy Gardens are a great way to encourage imaginative play and they are perfect for taking advantage of the magical thinking young children bring to their everyday play. Creating a miniature garden is easier than you might think. We have starter kits with full detailed instructions to help you on your way, and with a little imagination and creativity you will be amazed at what you can do!
Here’s how to build a DIY fairy garden in 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Fairy Garden Location
You don’t need much for a fairy garden! Just a small space (or a larger pot) that is easily accessible.
Step 2: Plan Your Garden
Plan and discuss with the children where each miniature item will be placed in the fairy garden.
Step 3: Fairy Garden Landscaping
For Shady Fairy Gardens add shade tolerant plants to create texture and intrigue to the garden. If your fairy garden is in a sunny spot, perhaps think about using succulents. Rivers, ponds and streams can be created using coloured gravel or stones. Using levels of plantings with baskets, planters, stones and gravel adds texture and variety to the play space. Ask your local Garden Centre for help and advise on plants if you are unsure. and need recommendations on appropriate plants for the sunny or shady location you’ve chosen.
The best part about gardening with kids is the patience they learn from observing plant growth over time.. As plantings grow or die off, problem solve ways to change and develop the fairy garden! Also discuss moving miniature items, replacing, redecorating or adding items to the fairy garden. Play spaces in your backyard or potted fairy garden are perfect for creative open-ended play that allow children the freedom to express their imaginations in a way that teaches the brain to be flexible..