So we thought we'd better create some mini shelters, & came up with these Fairy Toadstools!
Using plastic picnic bowls which we recently bought from Asda (80p for 4) we set about creating our toadstools.
Minnie decorated a bowl with circular prints using half a carrot dipped in white acrylic paint.
On another bowl Minnie & I drew a few circles, & Minnie filled them in using a paintbrush & the white paint. (Great for hand eye co-ordination & fine motor skills.)
For the base of our toadstool we cut small logs from a fallen tree branch. Minnie had a go at sawing the branch (unfortunately there are no pics of this as I was supervising). She used a small handsaw, & with my close supervision she slowly cut along the branch.
She was fascinated by the different textures of the log, & it's smell! I pointed out the rings in the wood & we tried to work out how old the tree might have been by counting the rings.
Once the bowls were dry Minnie found another use for them! A hat, why of course! :-D
When she had finished, Minnie headed off to the butterfly garden to arrange her toadstool shelters.
Our day of discoveries continued...
Minnie found some terracotta flowerpots & started drawing on them with coloured pencils!
A fab way to decorate a pot of flowers...
|Check out those beautiful circles!|
As you can see the shelters were very much appreciated! ;-)
These toadstools have been offering a little shelter to wildlife too, with ladybirds & spiders sheltering beneath!
So many discoveries & new experiences were had creating these fairy toadstools. They have become a firm favourite to explore & play with in the garden.