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) Minnie set about creating our toadstools. She 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 paintrush. (Great for practicing hand eye co-ordination & fine motor skills.)
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.
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! The great thing about these pots is that the colour doesn't run when the flowerpot gets wet, so the pots can stay outside in the rain & retain their colourful design! Genius! Another way to create a garden toadstool!
As you can see the shelters were very much appreciated! ;-)
So many discoveries & new experiences were had creating these fairy toadstools. They're now a firm favourite to explore & play with in the garden.