I want to teach my grandkids a love of Mother Nature and about the unseen things in our world – like fairies. So what better way to combine these two than to create our own fairy garden! It’s said that if you make them a home, then the fairies will come. And they may even leave signs of their visits! So check out some simple fairy garden tips and get your kids outside!
Fairy Garden Tips for Kids
“There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games like you play, singing through their busy day.” – Author unknown
Talk to your grandkids about fairies and ask what they think fairies would like to see in their garden. Get inspiration from what their creative ideas are. Take them to your local plant place and let them pick out some small plants and moss. Succulents and flowering annuals will look great.
You will also need to provide the house and any other needed accessories. These can be found online or at local stores, or perhaps you can create your own. Making these decisions with the grandkids can be a adventure in of itself.
Your fairy garden must contain some materials found in nature. And your own backyard can reveal just the right things like acorns, stones, feathers, twigs, and pine cones. Just grab a bucket or a bag and go hunting together!
You can make the garden in a pot or just find a place in the yard that appeals to your grandkids. Put all your items in a wheelbarrow and start creating.
Start by planting your plants. Then locate where the house will be. The most fun part is adding all the accessories you have either purchased or made yourself. A stone path leading to the house helps fairies find their way.
Fairies are very neat and orderly, so your garden should be kept neat and orderly. This is a good time to talk to your grandkids about keeping their bedrooms neat so the fairies will be proud of them! And remember to check on your garden regularly and water the plants. And check to see if the fairies have been there!
The best time to see a fairy is just before sunset on a warm summer day or at midnight.
Some advice from Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice In Wonderland is “…it must be a very hot day – and you must be just a little sleepy – but not too sleepy to keep your eyes open, mind. Well, and you ought to feel a little – what one may call “fairyish”…and the last rule is, that the crickets should not be chirping…So, if all things happen together, you have a good chance of seeing a fairy…”
The fairies will reward your grandchild’s hard work. And be sure to tell them that when they do see one, do not look away. They will only see the fairy for as long as their eyes are focused on it.
Tips to Remember
- Keep it simple
- Keep it natural
- Keep it pretty
- Keep it creative
- Keep it fun
- Most of all — think like a child
“Just living is not enough” said the butterfly fairy. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen