Fairy Garden Play

It's hot, really hot here at the moment so we're inside a lot more than we'd maybe like.  While some of the world is caught in a polar vortex, we're sweating out 42C today with more of the same and worse expected for the rest of this week.  Needless to say some people are getting a little edgy so in an effort to placate the youngest member of our family who was having too many 'no-one will play with me' moments that afternoon, I set up this simple invitation to play for her.


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Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play


Simple because I have a tub of coloured rice in the cupboard along with lots of different loose parts (manipulatives) that we use for play at home but I use at school for maths mostly but sometimes in literacy centres or during activity time.


Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play

If you're thinking of making your own - the coloured flowers and hearts came from the craft section of a discount store (Cheap as Chips I think) as did the clear plastic butterflies while I'd bought the glass diamonds at a homeware store.  They're for scattering on your table but we love them because they catch the light and sparkle.  The blue/green/white glass beads I'd bought from the garden section at Bunnings.  We use them for lots of our play.  The fake flowers were left over from when we made flower faires one afternoon.  You can visit this link to make your own - they were so easy to may and very pretty.  The Grimms rainbow she had received at Christmas from Santa.  Apparently it's very similar to this one (affiliate link).  Santa had also brought my other daughter some fairy garden furniture.  We'd made some small fairy gardens in baskets last summer.  You can see them here.  They were great fun to make but they lacked a certain something...

Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play

Factory Direct Craft in the US has the most amazing range of everything really but has one of the best fairy garden selections too.  Visit them here.  I use a freight forwarder but they do ship to Australia or otherwise trust in Santa to deliver ;)  Needless to say, my middle child is very happy.

Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play


Then the Lalaloopsy's got to play.

Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play


And then (of course) everyone wanted to play...  peace at last.


Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play






Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside playFairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play



A few days later, it's changed again.  I love watching how their play changes over time when we leave something out for a little while.

Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside playFairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play


Fairy Garden Play - the perfect small world pretend play invitation for inside play

The Lalaloopsy's were back, they'd brought friends and their own house this time.  The rainbow made it into the garden along with some wooden biscuits and the timelessly beautiful paper umbrellas.

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