Sometimes the weather changes and changes often, in which case I thought I’d show you how to make a small world mobile fairy garden for indoor and outdoor use. Children just love fairy gardens because there are no rules to constructing them, they ignite creativity and are so great for imaginative play. Fairy gardens are also wonderfully open-ended that play can last for hours.
If you’ve been a subscriber for awhile, you know that I have a real soft spot for fairy gardens. You might have seen my previous outdoor fairy garden. My favourite online fairy garden store is without doubt Garden Sparkle, as they have a wide (and stunning) range of fairies, animals, houses and accessories, both for decorative and rough and tumble play.
How to make a small world mobile fairy garden for indoor and outdoor use.
To make a small world fairy garden that is suitable for indoor and outdoors, you will need –
- Tray or platter
- Felt or coloured card
- Fairy figurines and accessories
Possum (4 years old) absolutely loved the idea of a mobile fairy garden. The thought that she could make a fairy garden outdoors and then transport it inside at any time, without the need to deconstruct what she’d created, was very appealing. Possum was also excited by the idea of housing it in her bedroom at night so the fairies could dance around he whilst she slept.
Possum and I bonded over placing all the lovely Garden Sparkle pieces onto the tray and creating a small world of magic. The pieces we used included an AMAZING solar powered house, decorative moss, coloured stones, mushrooms, magical gateway, fence, stepping stones, climbing ladder, fairies and more. Of course as we played with the fairy pieces outdoors, we noticed our play extend beyond the tray, which was lovely too.
So what is small world play and why is it important for children?
Small world play is about creating a scene that a child can play with using miniature figurines and other small accessories. These can be used to act out real or imaginary stories. As you can appreciate, this is wonderful for children’s learning and development as they are building on their language skills, creativity and more. Adding Sensory elements, like the use of moss or natural treasures found around the garden, can also enhance and provide a child with a richer play experience too.
With a mobile fairy garden, it’s so very easy to move play from outdoors to indoors. The tray we used had handles too so that made transporting everything very easy and the fairy pieces are rather light that it wasn’t a problem for Possum to carry.
Of course it wasn’t long before play resumed indoors and Possum donned her favourite fairy costume. Her sister Boo (19 months) was also wanting to get in on the small world play experience, which I had no problems with as I’d removed all small parts that could be considered a choking hazard for her.
And another little something that will warm your heart, Garden Sparkle now stock these stunning solar powered fairy houses. These are just so magical and ensures a child’s belief in fairies last long after their play experience. This one lives in Possum’s room and because it’s solar powered it offers a comforting and warm glow that makes it really feel like there is a fairy home and not far away. Precious.
So as you can see, fairy garden play is so wonderful for boys and girls of all ages to enjoy, especially with lovely pieces like what we have. I encourage you to start building on a set today.
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