Creating a Fairy Garden with Children: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

May 5, 2015

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden
    • Edited by Richard Lewis
    • Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
  • How to Create a Fairy Garden with Kids
  • Handmade Mother’s Day Gift by Kids
  • DIY Stepping Stones by Kids

In A Spring Garden another Great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden

 Why we love this book:

This little gem of a book is no longer in print; consequently, this copy is gently loved. But in my world a gently loved book is a book filled with love from a past life time. Gently loved actually makes it more special. In A Spring Garden is a collection of simple spring poems edited by Richard Lewis and softly illustrated by beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. People often ask me how I select the books I give away at waddle-ah-chaa. Well, it’s quite easy. I have a true love for children’s literature and when I find one that makes me laugh, cry, scratch my head . . . I snatch it right up for a just the right time.

I’ve been saving In A Spring Garden for some time now. Saving it for just the right time. We’ve been gardening and enjoying a great deal of poetry recently so it felt like just the right time to share this graceful classic.

Growing a Fairy Garden

with Your Children

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Miss Enigma’s Fairy House Garden all began with the Fairy House Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh. I happened to check-out the book from our local library and soon Miss Enigma was designing more than adorable fairy houses in her journal.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Next, by chance I ran across The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure and checked it out as well. I read this true story aloud to  both of the kiddos and they were fascinated by the mystery of how two girls fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes and many others with their fairy photographs. Their fairy photos are reprinted in the book and they are quite intriguing! Besides part of you really does want to believe in fairies! You might be familiar with the story as in 1997, the Cottingley Fairies story was featured in the movie FairyTale: A True Story.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Welcome to Miss Enigma’s Fairy Garden

These two books sealed the deal. Miss Enigma is hooked on fairies. So of course, we now have a fairy garden in our backyard.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Picking a Spot for our Fairy Garden

We have two big trees out our backdoor off of our patio. This shady area is the spot Miss Enigma chose for her Fairy Garden.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Collecting our Fairy House Materials

  • We first went on a walk in the woods and collected old tree stumps, twigs, moss and rocks. Yes, we found that incredible heart rock.
  • We also took a trip to the local nursery and Miss Enigma picked out a few herbs and flowering plants.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Making a Rough Plan for the Fairy Garden

  • We collected big pots, little pots, broken pots, pebbles, rocks, marbles, a bird house, plants . . .
  • The kiddos had a plan to build Fairy Houses and to put pots on top of pots to build the Fairy Garden up into the trees.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Come Closer and Peek Inside a Fairy House

We have a little Fairy House with petite shell bowls waiting for the fairies. There’s even a door incase the fairies wish to close-up their little house. It has been a rainy spring you know. They might like to get out of the damp air.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Or They May Prefer a Sturdy Rock House

 

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Log Resting Spots

Soft fluffy flowers, moss and little chairs made from broken flower pots await the fairies.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Refreshing Fairy Waterfall

The kiddos created a waterfall with blue hued marbles and a lush moss retreat for relaxing. (The tomato plant sprouted up all on its own! I guess it will be a fairy tree.)

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

A Fairy Fishing Pond

Of course if there are any fairies like me, you’ll find them swimming rather than fishing.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Fairy Fishing Pole

Yes, yes, yes indeed. At one point the kiddos actually had some tiny minnows swimming about in the fishing pond.

Mother's Day Stepping Stones DIY by Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

And Last But Not Least . . . Fairy Dance Floors

Mother's Day Stepping Stones DIY by Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Homemade Stepping Stones

  • Last week, I shared how we made our Easy DIY Stepping Stones.
  • The kiddos are giving these personalized stepping stones as Mother’s Day Gifts to Grandma and Grandma.

How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

I don’t know about the fairies but I’m quite ready to move into the Fairy Garden. Miss Enigma even leaves out strawberries and fruit upon occasion. What more could a fairy ask for?

In A Spring Garden another Great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re Giving Away one copy of In a Spring Garden edited by Richard Lewis

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

So confess, do you believe in fairies . . . admit it, part of you wants to believe in fairies!  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, May 17, 2015

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, May 18, 2015. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth May 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Love the fairy garden idea. Who says it’s just for kids to have. :)

maryanne @ mama smiles May 6, 2015 at 2:47 pm

A part of me absolutely does believe in fairies. I tried to find a copy of that book in our local library, but no luck.

Holly E May 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm

I love this! I really like gardening in the Spring.

Robin May 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

i love the fairies. My sister use to tell me fairy stories every night before we fell asleep

Jeannine May 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Robin, what an enchanting and special memory!

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