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::: toadstools for a fairy garden

We’re half way through Autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere and the weather at the moment is fantastic. It’s really lovely that the children can spend so much time outside on these beautiful days. Beautiful weather makes for enthusiastic children and these children have been very busy little beavers outside lately, making and creating fun together.

Last week they discovered an old basketful of corks, so grabbed some paints to decorate them.

At first they weren’t sure what they were making …

they were simply having fun …

experimenting with colours …

and pattern making!

It wasn’t until some white spots were added to this red cork that the children realised  the shape of the cork was like a toadstool …

which lead onto many toadstool being created!

It wasn’t long before the children gathered up the corks, and a basket of goodies and found a cosy spot under the trees to set up a fairy garden.

The toadstools were planted …

friends were invited to play …

a place was built for the transportation vehicles …

and afternoon tea was prepared.

That basket of corks certainly lead to some wonderful creative fun …

and we saw some really beautiful imaginative play take place…

which lasted all the afternoon.

Ahhhhhh …  we so LOVE it when that happens!

This post has been linked to – ‘It’s play time’ at let the children play. Be sure to pop on over and see what others have been playing with this week.


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8 Responses to “toadstools for a fairy garden”

  1. I’m in outdoor AND champagne heaven. I’ve got a pile of these corks that I’ve been hoarding. FAB idea. Even better than our new princess’s wedding dress!

    ::: Indeed Juliet! 🙂 🙂

  2. clodagh says:

    so many times I read your posts and go “ahhhhh” you really are doing something right with those lovely kids … well done and I love the use of the corks, although getting them in the first place sound like fun too!

    ::: Ah yes Clodagh! I rely on Sherry and her family for all the cork collecting! 🙂 🙂

  3. Alona says:

    beautiful and peaceful…

    ::: You’re right Alona. It was really beautiful play. 🙂 🙂

  4. Amy A says:

    Another simply irresistible idea! We have a huge cork collection and this will help with our stash busting!

    ::: So glad we can help with ideas to clean out the stash Amy! 🙂 🙂

  5. Kim S says:

    Wow! You sure have great imaginations ladies. I want to do this asap! Our little girls at kinder will be in heaven with this sort of stuff to play with and we have heaps of corks at our disposal too.
    Thanks for sharing! =)

    ::: You’re very welcome Kim! 🙂 🙂

  6. jenny says:

    Corks – now why didn’t I think of that! I have bags of corks at preschool.

    ::: That’s so funny Jenny … we say that all the time too! 🙂 🙂

  7. What a cute idea! We’ll be building fiary houses this week during Poetic Play as well. I’ll have to remember this. So nice to meet you!

    ::: Thank you ‘The Little List‘ … Welcome aboard, it’s nice to meet you too! 🙂 🙂

  8. Anna says:

    Ladies, I LOVE this! Everything about it is just perfect. From the recycling of old corks to the child-led though processes and the wonderful imaginative play outdoors! Ticks every box and is also just so lovely to look at! I have featured this as one of my favourite posts over at It’s Playtime today. 🙂

    ::: Thanks Anna, it really was great fun resulting in the most beautiful play! Thanks for the feature. We’ll be sure to pop on over for a look! 🙂 🙂