PRESENT DAY MOMS

Paint Their Fairy House

Emily DaFoe
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In this electronic age, children need time to build meaningful connections with nature. Time nurturing gardens can develop more caring natures and helps to build a child’s sense of competence. The planting of seeds gives children the opportunity to build their skills of accountability and commitment as they watch the seeds grow after daily tending and care. It really is beautiful to watch a child experience the joy of seeing seeds turn to flowers that they themselves planted. Having a Fairy Garden of their own can illuminate to little ones a deep respect and responsibility for taking care of our planet, even if it’s a tiny part.

In addition, studies have shown that when children have contact with soil, they experience better moods, and decreased anxiety. Enough said, right?

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MATERIALS 

·     Large Terracotta or Ceramic Pots (ours was 14” in diameter)

·     Miniature Mushrooms or other bright trinkets found around the house

·     Small Stones

·     Flowering Gerberas or Perennials 

·     Additional seed packet for the children to plant

·     Potting Soil

·     Moss (Optional)

·     Small Spade

·     Other additional decorating trinkets. For example: fairy dust (glitter) or miniature nests with eggs.

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METHOD

STEP 1:

Let your children’s imagination run wild. They can paint their pots and sprinkle glitter, keep the planter intact or crack the side to expose more of the fairy garden. After painting, let the pot dry so it will be ready for the soil.

STEP 2: 

Fill the container with a light potting mix. The ideal soil for Gerbera’s or perennials is a well-draining and fertile soil, such as a potting mix with lots of peat or perlite. Fill the container and then moisten the soil with water. 

STEP 3:

Plant the seeds about 1 inch down. We did an additional surface sprinkle and then added additional soil over top in case a few don’t grow. Pat the soil so its nice and firm. This is a good time to talk about sunshine, nutrients and fertilizer and what flowers and plants need to grow.

STEP 4:

Add little trinkets like the miniature mushrooms, beautiful stones and of any other items that your child thinks might make the fairies feel welcomed and invite them into the child’s Fairy Garden.

STEP 5:

Find a home for the Garden to sit. Share with your child what you need to do to make sure the garden with survive and thrive. Tell them it’s their responsibility to help the flowers grow. 

Note: My daughter loves her garden and checks on it daily to see if the fairies have been. I’m thinking of leaving little fairy footprint out on the balcony where the garden lives. Check back for an update on that!

NOTE – PLAN AHEAD

We made some of our trinkets out of FIMO. You can get this on amazon.com – it’s easy to use, and a similar texture to Playdoh. Simply make the trinket, then place the modeled object on aluminum foil and let it harden in the oven for a maximum of 30 minutes at a temperature of 230°F. FIMO will only be completely hardened when cooled down to room temperature and you have your very own trinkets for your fairy.

TIPS: I found my pots and fairy items on the app ‘let go’. Then weeks leading up to making our garden we scoured thrift stores and online ‘buy and sell’ apps for great deals. And you don’t have to use Gerbera’s and Gardenia’s, other plants such as Moss cuttings or even Marble Pothos are a great choice for beginner green thumbs. You can ever plant herbs!