Phoebe loves fairies, as do the boys in fact, there’s the tooth fairy who has a penchant for teeth and leaves money, then there are the mystical garden and nature fairies. They have fairy doors around that have the possibility of leading to alternate realities. William (who is nearly 8) knows, or thinks he knows that they aren’t real, just stuck on, but I’m trying to convince him otherwise. Who knows what happens when we aren’t looking?
We have a fairy garden outside our front door, nestled in our privet pot. Daniel always picks up the purple fairy and says ‘fairy garden!’ before putting her down again gently.
We’ve also started a little fairy village in the back garden, and Phoebe’s given them a little marble ball to play with, and she’s convinced they’ve moved it around in a little game of fairy football. The bright red spotted toadstools add colour and intrigue to the lavender beds and you could always move them about. I think having a fairy garden gives children wings to grow their imagination, plus they look so cute! We received this gorgeous set of toadstools and the bright red fairy door from Gardens2You, who sell all sorts of gardening equipment and accessories. I decided to group them all together so it’s like a village of fairies rather than dotting them about. We added a little washing line made from sticks, string and a felt bed sheet. They’ve stayed put so far and I think the fairies are pleased. What do you think?
It’s easy to create your own fairy garden, of course there are loads of fairy garden accessories you can buy, but you can equally use bits and pieces you already have – we’ve used a mixture in ours, we have bits of old toys, rocks and small items to make their home and just added fairies. It’s more about their imaginative play, so just let them create, give them a plant pot or a patch in the garden and see what they come up with. You can make a fairy door easily enough from wood offcuts and a bit of paint.
Disclosure: we were gifted the toadstool and door set for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own.