As a little girl, I spent hours outside during my Canadian summers creating majestic fairy gardens in our flower beds. With the warmth of the sun on my face, freshly picked strawberries in my belly and surrounded by my fairy gardens I would be lost within in my own imagination until my mom or dad called me inside.
Fast forward to spring (almost summer) of 2015 and you can only imagine my excitement when I found an Australian designer who makes fairy garden kits. This was a product I had to have in our store Finlee and Me so that other children could experience similar experiences like I did as a little girl.
I always like to test run new products with Finlee my 6 year old son and Chloe my 2.5 year old daughter in order to gauge how they respond to products. Do they get a WOW factor, do they get bored easily, do they talk about the product when not in use etc. This past weekend, I had the chance to test our fairy gardens.
What You’ll Need to Create a Fairy Garden
I wanted Finlee and Chloe to each make their own fairy garden so I didn’t have to try and put out 100 arguments while we were trying to make memories. It’s super simple to create a fairy garden as you only need the following supplies:
- pots – you can use any type of pot (plastic, ceramic etc) but just make sure it’s side enough to include all the fairy garden pieces;
- soil – you can use any type of potting soil;
- fairy garden kits – you’ll need to purchase your own fairy garden kits;
Creating Childhood Memories with Fairy Gardens
When it comes to creating with Finlee and Chloe, I always try to simplify the process so that it doesn’t become stressful for everyone involved. Therefore, you’ll notice with some of the steps, these were done before they involved.
Step 1 – Lay all the materials out a head of time (this includes unwrapping the individual fairy garden pieces) and fill the pots with soil.
Step 2 – Let the kids get creative.
Step 3: Enjoy the final result. Talk to your kids about what they made, should they add anything, what does the fairy garden mean to them, what do they like the most etc.
Benefits of a Fairy Gardens
Fairy gardens are just another wonderful way to encourage your child to get outside, create memories, connect with nature and to step away from the couch and technology. In addition, fairy gardens allow child (ren) to develop their own skills by making their own decisions, working on fine motor skills, being creative and using their imagination.
With our Australian summer already in full swing and Christmas just around the corner our Finlee and Me Fairy Garden Kits are a wonderful gift for any boy or girl or check out our other Fairy Door & Accessories products.