Make a beautiful, magical fairy garden with your child to encourage imaginative play and story telling!
To create this fairy garden we used:
- a half barrel planter
- flowers and shrubs
- a piece of tree trunk (from our Christmas tree!)
- a ceramic bird’s house
- toy fairies
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.
- 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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