Thanks to Garden Sparkle, we created another special little magical outdoor space that isn’t just gorgeous and perfect for imaginative play, it’s actually edible! Let me share with you how to make an edible herb fairy garden at home with kids.
Sponsored by Garden Sparkle
If you’ve been following me for a little while, you’d know how much I love fairy gardens. My first fairy garden, which I made with Possum (aged 5 years) continues to be enjoyed three years later and our mobile fairy garden is often used on days when the weather is less predictable and fairy play is required indoors.
Fairy gardens, for us, are incredibly magical, great for inspiring imaginative play and a simple way to include small world play. For something a little different, we decided to make a fairy garden that was filled with delicious and fragrant herb plants that the girls could play around and enjoy as an added sensory experience.
Recommended age: 3 years +
(Strict and active supervision is always required)
How to make an edible herb fairy garden at home
I’ve been fortunate to collaborate again with Kate from Garden Sparkle, which is Australia’s oldest and largest supplier of fairy garden kits, fairy houses, fairy furniture and mini accessories. Quite seriously, I could spend all day on her website because of all the adorable pieces she stocks.
For our herb fairy garden, I chose the following pieces – boy fairy, fairy garden shed, woodland fence, fruit and veggie box, mini garden tool set, red mushrooms, brown tin bridge, small pots, watering can, walnut wheelbarrow, small fairy river stones and blue frosted pebbles.
Collecting the herbs
The wonderful thing about using herbs in a fairy garden is that they don’t take much to look after. You can basically set them in a pot and make sure they get some sunshine and have a light sprinkle of water once a week. How easy is that!
The girls and I really enjoyed taking the time to slow down and connect to together whist we browsed our local nursery. I loved that it also gave me the opportunity encourage them to take a moment and look at the variety of herbs that are available, how they compare in looks, texture and fragrance.
The herbs we decided on were – parsley, rosemary, chives and oregano.
Possum, Boo (aged 2 years) and I began by adding fresh organic soil to a large round pot, before considering where our herbs would be positioned. Once we were happy, we worked together to get them planted in the soil.
We talked about our plans for the garden and came to the conclusion that there needed to be a river for the bridge to go over and a pebble path for the fairies to use while attending to the various parts of the herb garden.
Soon it was time to start adding all the pieces that I received from Garden Sparkle. It was lovely to have a boy fairy to add to our collection of other fairy pieces we own.
Of course this fairy couldn’t go without his lovely watering can.
I’m sure you’re like me and can appreciate the precious details that are in each of the Garden Sparkle fairy pieces. They really are so lovely and perfect for little hands.
Soon enough all of the pieces were in their place and the girls were ready to play. I love that this herb fairy garden had a cheeky little space for a shy little rabbit to hide at the back of the fairy garden pot. It was something that the girls talked about and planned together. That made me feel really proud.
Edible Herbs Fairy Garden
Of course having the fairy garden made up of wonderful herbs, it was very encouraging for both Possum and Boo to taste test them. We washed our hands with warm, soapy water, rinsed the herbs under some cool running water and talked about what we thought of each. That night we picked Rosemary to add to our roast dinner.
Let me be honest, it really is easy to learn how to make a herb fairy garden at home with kids. Your children will love that they have created with you an edible garden that is being carefully looked after by the resident fairy and other imaginative friends that might pop by.
What would you include in your edible herb fairy garden?
If you like this post then you must check these out –
Great value ebooks featuring Laughing Kids Learn