Hi there, Rainy Day Mum readers!  I’m Mary Catherine, and I write about fun, meaningful learning over at Fun-A-Day. Today I’d love to share a DIY fairy garden inspired by David Shannon’s Alice the Fairy.  Shannon’s whimsical story centers on Alice, a self-described “temporary fairy”.

Setting up a fairy garden to bring alive the book Alive the Fairy as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Since Alice the Fairy is all about make-believe and imagination, I thought some imaginative play was in order!

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How to create your own Fairy Garden

I placed some potting soil in a sensory table, then gathered a variety of other materials for the children to use:

Setting up a fairy garden to bring alive the book Alive the Fairy as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

The children immediately jumped into putting the fairy garden together!  The small bits of wood were placed out first, followed by the rocks.  From there, the children worked together adding gems, pinecones, and flowers to create a place for fairies to play.  Once they were satisfied with the fairy small world, they jumped right into creating stories about the fairies.

Setting up a fairy garden to bring alive the book Alive the Fairy as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

I loved watching the kids work together to create this small world for the fairies!  Everyone was involved at one point or another, and they collectively played there for over an hour!  Best of all, though, was listening to what they had to say:

Setting up a fairy garden to bring alive the book Alive the Fairy as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

  • “The winter fairies need blue jewels.”
  • “Fairies like finding treasure. They put it in little boxes to keep it.”
  • “This pinecone is for fairies to fly into and have a kitchen area.”
  • “Her’s working in a log trying to find her little sister.”
  • “I found some eggs here! They turned into sugar bugs!”
  • “They’re playing hide and seek in the flowers!”

Setting up a fairy garden to bring alive the book Alive the Fairy as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Have you ever created a DIY fairy garden with your children or students?  What different materials did you use?

Setting up a fairy garden to bring alive the book Alive the Fairy as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

If you’re looking for more fairy tale activities, you might like:

Setting up a fairy garden to bring alive the book Alive the Fairy as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Mary Catherine is mama to an incredibly curious 7-year old, teacher to a great group of preschool kiddos, and the force behind Fun-A-Day!  She’s passionate about early childhood education and meaningful, fun learning experiences.  You can keep up with Mary Catherine on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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