Making a Fairy Garden

Make a beautiful, magical fairy garden with your child to encourage imaginative play and story telling!

make a fairy garden with kids
This idea has been on our to-do list for a long time and finally, when the sun was still shining (remember that, UK folks?!) we had a go at making our own fairy garden for outdoor play times.
I actually bought the supplies for this while Cakie had chicken pox, as a special surprise for us to do together. She was thrilled to have another patch of garden to call her own (to add to her Play Garden and Vegetable Patch) and was particularly excited to have flowers to care for.
making a fairy garden

To create this fairy garden we used:

  • a half barrel planter
  • flowers and shrubs
  • a piece of tree trunk (from our Christmas tree!)
  • pebbles
  • soil
  • a ceramic bird’s house
  • toy fairies

She filled the barrel with soil, then we planted the flowers and shrubs to create hiding places and shade for the fairies to play around! 


We pushed the piece of our Christmas tree into the soil to make a pretend tree stump which can be used as a fairy meeting place.

Cakie then made a path way amongst all the elements using some small pebbles and added a few flowers from the garden for decoration!

Next we introduced some fairies to explore their new home!

Cakie wanted to give them a real house to live in so we found one more bird house from her 3rd birthday fairy party and it made the perfect addition in amongst the flowers.

Next stop, playing and storytelling! Cakie is very much into creative play at the moment and immediately set about making up a wonderful story about her fairy characters and the “evil queen” that they were hiding from. She has now told me that she’s taking away the toy fairies so that the real fairies can arrive!

The benefits of creating an outdoor small world play scene like this are that it encourages children to spend time outside, promotes imagination and creativity and leaves plenty of scope for adult/child co-operative storytelling.

Learning Links:

  • creativity: imaginative play using props and real objects to represent familiar elements, create characters, take on a role
  • literacy: oral storytelling, using storybook language when inventing stories
  • knowledge and understanding of the world: planting and caring for plants, understanding what plants need to survive

Cakie: 3 years 7 months
Pop: 2 years 2 months
Bean: 14 weeks


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