Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Miniature Fairy Herb Garden

Looking for a creative planting activity for preschoolers? How about creating your own mini fairy herb garden! These are actually great for any age, & a neat way to encourage an interest in plants & caring for living things, as well as exploring creativity & design.


For our fairy gardens we used small plastic dessert dishes, we found 4 for £1 in a local pound store. I made a few drainage holes in the base using a bradawl, & Minnie filled each pot with compost.


I set out a few fairy themed items including; small pebbles, gemstones, sparkly butterfly & foam flower stickers, glitter covered sticks, & cocktail umbrellas which make perfect fairy parasols!


She had a wonderful time interdependently decorating her fairy gardens, using the pebbles & gemstones to create paths, & adding her stickers to decorate the sides of the dish.


Any herbs can be grown in these fairy gardens, but we chose sweet basil & chives as they both grow fairly quickly when placed on a warm, sunny windowsill. Minnie sprinkled the seeds over her gardens & gently covered them over with a little more compost (she made two gardens so added one set of herbs to each pot). She added a couple of glittery sticks to create a fairy woodland, & a cocktail umbrella fairy parasols before spritzing the garden with a little water. Minnie was then ready for her favourite part of the whole activity!


No fairy garden would be complete without... fairy dust! I used fine glitter (pink of course) which made a perfect light pixie dust, & added it to a small fancy pot I've had hanging around for ages. When Minnie caught sight of the pot & I told her what was in it she thought it was truly magic!


She took a pinch of fairy dust & sprinkled it over her mini indoor garden. Her face was a picture! A fairy even flew into the garden to see what was happening!


These mini gardens are currently soaking up the Spring sunshine on our kitchen windowsill, & the herbs are just starting to peek through the soil. Minnie has been eagerly watering & watching the gardens, & with the addition of toy fairies & pixie figures theses little planters have evolved into small world play scenes! She's been careful not to squash any seedlings, & has been inviting the fairy figures to water the garden with her! So cute to watch! 


I love these simple seedling pots, they've already inspired so much creativity & imagination in our house! When our herbs have grown we're planning to transplant them into our herb garden outside, which hopefully the fairies will visit sometime too!  

Looking for other indoor gardening ideas? 
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If you're a fairy fan too, check out this mini bunting we made for our outdoor fairy garden & our upcycled toadstools.

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