I just have to show you what my daughter E was up to this morning:
Isn’t that an adorable little fairy garden?
I signed her up the moment I heard that a nearby library was going to include a class on making fairy gardens. As an aside: this year, the libraries around us have outdone themselves in terms of their summer programming for tweens. Usually their emphasis seemed to be on little kids (up to about 2nd grade), but wow, what a change! Chess camps, math tessellation art projects, Lego race cars, and nature photography have been just some of the free programs from our local libraries.
Starting with a clean plastic container, she filled the bottom with gravel and then added potting soil on top. She painted a terra cotta pot to look like a little house and gave it a roof by hot-gluing a piece of bark on top. Then she placed a few mini-succulents around and added a pond made of blue crystals and a bright blue stone.
Notice the gravel path leading from the house to the pond. She also made a little stone bench for any tired wee fairies by hot-gluing two stones on top of each other and included a gazing ball (a marble glued to a golf tee) for a little interest.
I’m enchanted with this little garden; in fact, I can’t stop thinking that making a fairy village would be the perfect thing for our little wreck of a garden near our front door. Hope E is willing to help me replicate these little wonders in a much larger area.
Does your local public library have great summer programming for the kids? Do tell!