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::: a twist on the fairy garden


One of the boys recently moved to a new house and to make the transition a little easier and fun …

his mum bought a couple of these gorgeous fairy doors, from a company Imagination Doors, and placed them on the walls in strategic parts of the house.

When we got together he mentioned that he would like to make a fairy garden for the fairies who visited his house. We immediately imagined the type of fairy garden that Ruth Bode’s children at Croydon West Primary School had created but he and his friend had different ideas.

The children found a spot in the garden they thought was suitable …

set up some ‘fairy doors’, (which were timber floor vents we picked up from Resource Rescue) …

then chose some props they wanted to use – free choice, as it was their creation. Out came the blocks, wishing stones, tree cookies, rocks and tea set we were anticipating.

Then out came Superman, soldiers, the bug collection, skeletons and cages!

Together as a team, the children set up the blanket …

hung cages and lanterns in the tree …

and sorted the rocks, tree cookies and stones.

Then what wonderful cooperative play kept on happening.

Their story was all about some bad guys (the skeletons, army men and bugs) …

being trapped in a cage …

and Superman rescuing them.

There was so much talking and sorting out of the game rules. They decided that Superman was actually a burglar. When we mentioned that it was lucky there are no burglars around here the reply was …

“Well, no – we are just using our imaginations!” Pretty cool from a three year old!

The classic fairy garden didn’t eventuate, but what did happen was exactly what the children wanted, directing their own play for an extended period of time.

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9 Responses to “a twist on the fairy garden”

  1. avatar Scott says:

    I so enjoyed every word and picture of this post. And then I came to the end: “What did happen was exactly what the children wanted.” I think that should be the guiding principle for most of what I do with kids.

    (And I think those vents as doors is a genius idea!)

    ::: Scott we think you are great at letting your children lead the way too! … And we agree those vents are awesome!

  2. avatar Pam says:

    How lovely…loved trying to fit superman in the birdcage!

    ::: Hee…Hee…Hee Pam! :) :)


  3. fairy doors are such great fun! i have one in my living room at home, and another in my preschool classroom ;)

    ::: Oh what FUN PLP! :) :)

  4. avatar BookChook says:

    I just love it when I get time to visit your blog! It makes me so very happy to read about these children using their imaginations and playing together.

    :::Thanks Book Chook! They had so much fun. :) :)

  5. avatar Ruth Bode says:

    Gorgeous…loved the wooden fairy doors….might just have to visit Resource Rescue to add to our garden. Loved they way the kids’ play developed too!

    ::: Thanks Ruth! :) :)

  6. avatar Elise says:

    This post drives home the point that the best plan is to have no plan at all.

    ::: You’re so Elise … we simply need to let the children be the leaders! :) :)

  7. avatar janelle says:

    our kids have recently started making a fairy garden. i am looking for more ideas to add more things into our fairy garden. love the fairy doors in ur photos. wished i know how to make clay doors. btw, where can i find the tree cookies? i’ve been looking at so many places but it seemed like only in the US they have them. they call it tree craft rounds. the little tree blocks set that i found at some stores are just too expensive.

    ::: Janelle we make the tree cookies ourselves. We have used gum, silver birch and apple, all very successfully. We purchased a small electric saw from ‘Aldi’ last year for around $60 and it has been fabulous. We simply collect dead branches off the ground and chop them up. If you know someone with a circular saw they/you could make them in no time at all! :) :)

  8. avatar janelle says:

    thank u so much. i think it’s worth buying an electric saw if it’s going to cost the same as buying the tree blocks fr shop :) that way we can make lots of tree cookies and block

    ::: Good luck with it Janelle … Go grab a saw and have some fun! :) :)


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