Fairy Gardening With Children

Creating a magical space with your little ones

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Share the fairy gardening experience and journey with your little one while letting them take the lead. Children are naturally tuned in to the energies of your garden and intuitively connected with the fairies. Allow them freedom to express themselves creatively, get dirty and make mistakes. There is no “right way” to create a fairy garden. Let them colour outside the lines! Whatever they create, however it looks, tell them it’s amazing and beautiful. Because it is.

Safety First!

Sun Safe – Children should ALWAYS wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing in the garden. So should you. Please lead by example. 

Potting Mix – It is important to wear a protective mask, safety glasses and gloves when transferring potting mix from bag to planter and follow the safety information on the potting mix packaging. Particals can become airborne during transfer from bag to planter. For further advice, read the product packaging, contact the product supplier, or chat with the staff at your place of purchase.

Age Appropriate Products – Be mindful of age appropriateness and ability when purchasing fairy garden products for children. Our products are classified as ornaments, we will never refer to them as toys. It is common for fairy garden ornaments to feature metal stakes which help to anchor them in your garden and keep them in an upright position. Some products are very small and may present a choking hazard if swallowed. Most of our products are made of polystone (resin) and will break if dropped, roughly handled or thrown.

You’ll find clear information outlining size, features and material for all of our products on our site. An understanding of your childs age and abilities, together with this product information, will help you determine if a product is suitable for your child and their garden.

Fine Motor & Cognitive Skills

Children all learn in different ways. Make sure your fairy garden caters to the way your child learns best. Fairy gardening presents opportunity to work on

Fine Motor Development (finger and hand skills)

Ideas for Children Under 6 Years Old

  • Create bright, festive garlands by stringing beads together 
  • Collect rocks and seashells, paint them with bright colours and position them in the garden
  • Use soft airdry clay or polymer clay to create interesting features.
  • Create rock stacks to learn stabilization skills using their non-dominant hand.

Ideas for Children Over 6 Years Old

  • Plan the garden. Create a map and draw in the different elements and landscape.
  • Keep a journal (more about this below)
  • Create elements for the garden using airdry or polymer clay. Jars, tubs, cotton reels and other re-purposed items are ideal for fairy garden crafts.

Cognitive Development (mental skills)

Ideas for Children Under 6 Years Old

  • Develop sorting, comparison and contrast skills by including groups of similar items in various sizes and shades. For example, create a footpath with stones by ordering them from smallest to largest. Brightly coloured pop sticks can be ordered by colour to create vibrant rainbow fencing.
  • Draw a simple map for your child of a fairy garden layout. Assisting them to recreate it in the garden is a great way to help them understand that pictures and symbols stand for real things
  • Explore relationships between ideas by talking through goals for the fairy garden. Use words like if and when. Explore abstract ideas by using words such as bigger, less, soon and ago.
  • Develop competancy in logical thinking, steps and consequences. Experiment in the garden. Discuss: “I wonder what will happen if we leave a piece of cake in the garden tonight for the fairies”. Talk about possible outcomes. (A bird might eat it, it might blow away or get soggy if it rains, ants may find it, fairies may find it and leave a thank you note) Action: Leave a piece of cake in the garden overnight Observe the outcome: What happened and what evidence supports your finding. 

Ideas for Children Over 6 Years Old

  • Encourage mature, perseptive and imaginitive ways of thinking by asking your child to put themselves in “another persons shoes”. For example, “If you were a fairy, what type of house would you prefer?” 
  • Encourage responsibility by assigning the task of garden care to them (e.g. watering, pruning, product care)
  • Take your child to a garden centre and ask them to assist you with plant selection. Encourage them to feel the texture of leaves, ask them what the plants smell like and let them participate in a conversation with a garden centre staff member about their project and which plants might be most suitable. Follow this link to learn more about plant selection.

Earthing

If you’ve never heard of it, do a quick google search and read up on the benefits. I’ve mindfully practiced earthing with my three children since they were babies. Trust me, the quickest way to end a tanty is to get them outside, barefoot on the grass. If it’s safe to do so, let your child tend to their garden sans shoes.

Real Magic

Do you believe in magick? I’m not talking about the supernatural, tricks or the declaration in curly font under the picture of a unicorn that you shared on Facebook last week.

Magick is quite simply the action of using will to cause change. It’s not instant and it certainly isn’t followed by a flash of light, gust of wind and shower of sparkles! Magick is deliberate. It’s the process of bringing something into existence that did not exist before. It’s achieved with patience, discipline, devotion, hard work and integrity.

When you know what magick is, it changes the way you see the world. Suddenly you DO see magick everywhere and in everyone! Real magick is powerful and empowering. Fairy gardens are a great way to demonstrate real magick.

Example: Planting a seed in your garden and wishing for it to grow is unlikely to produce a healthy, thriving plant. Wishes, prayers, spells – they are not magick. But, plant a seed in your garden, nuture and water it on a regular basis and you will produce a healthy, thriving plant. That’s magick!

Interesting fact: The k in magick is used to denote the difference between between “stage magic” and deliberate action with intent to cause an outcome. Modern use of the term was defined by Aleister Crowley and is commonly found in modern magical writing. Older texts, before spelling was standardized, can be found to use the term. It isn’t necessary and use of the k is a personal choice.

Extend the experience beyond your garden

Extend your fairy garden experience beyond the edges of your container or garden bed by

  • Collecting souvenirs on your journeys. On family day trips and holidays, take time to find something special back for your garden. A pretty leaf, a discarded feather, a found button – each will hold a special memory!
  • Ask visitors to bring a gift. A beautiful example is a garden created by my cousin, Andy. He asks visitors to bring a rock when they stop by and he adds them to a special wall he has built. Andy remembers every rock, who it came from and something funny/special/memorable about their visit. 
  • When out and about, remember that fairies are everywhere. Their job is to nurture, heal and protect the environment. You can help them! If you see litter, pick it up and dispose of it thoughtfully. 

Keep a Journal

Garden journals are always a good idea. They’re especially useful for keeping track of planting dates, seasonal events and changes over time. A fairy garden journal serves the same purpose but is extra special because it logs your journey too. Record all your elements, the planning process, your goals, inspiration and so much more!

Your fairy garden journal will become a time capsule, recording precious moments in time and capturing the enchanted tales of your little ones. Your children can draw pictures of the magical beings who inhabit their garden with their names and other details. Your planning process, plants, product purchases, special finds – all recorded for future reference, reflection and fond memories.

In fact, I’ve made it super easy for you to get started on your fairy garden journal today! My downloadable Fairy Garden Planner & Activity Workbook is FREE when you purchase any fairy garden kit. Follow this link to learn more.

DON'T tell me that fairies are a girl thing and DEFINATELY DON'T tell me they are just for kids

I know you are just as disappointed as me that this even has to be said. While we would all love to believe that gender and age stereotyping is a thing of the past, the reality is that I continue to see it.

The part I find really frustrating, is why and how fairies became a “girl thing”, and I have a name for people who say that fairies are just for kids. I like to call them the Fun Police.

If you believe in fairies, I don’t care how old you are, or how you identify yourself, you are the pea to my pod. My pod is a place of awesomeness. We’ve got pet dragons, all our clothes have pockets for all the pretty rocks, 5 day weekends and a never ending supply of impartiality. Welcome aboard!

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I’m Kim, creative director of Fairy Gardening Australia. I sailed away for a year and a day, tamed a jabberwock and lived in a shoe. I make fairy gardens too. Follow me!

Hi! I’m Kim, creative director of Fairy Gardening Australia. I sailed away for a year and a day, tamed a jabberwock and lived in a shoe. I make fairy gardens too. Follow me!

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