Some crafts, as we all know, require patience, time, and a certain amount of creativity – but this is especially true when working with children.
My daughter is five years old as I write this blog post. She and I spent some time together planning, finding pieces for and putting together the Fairy Garden pictured in this blog post.
As with most things, she had asked me weeks ago to create a fairy garden with her and in my kind-of “oh I hope she forgets about it” attitude, she continued to ask me to make one with her and in a slow work week, it finally happened.
My first stop (as with most projects) is Pinterest.
I think on a Wednesday evening, I sat her down at my computer and typed in “fairy garden.”
I ended up pinning a link from Homedit: Magical Fairy Garden Designs.
On Thursday we went to the craft store and picked out various odds and ends for the fairies to have as part of the little garden area. The store I took her too had a huge clearance on Spring items, so the most expensive thing was the birdhouse she picked out for the fairies to live in.
She painted the birdhouse with her favorite colors and of course, “colors that the fairies like” as she told me. I have glitter paint from a previous project, and she added that over the dried colors over the next couple days.
At some point in the week I took my daughter to the local garden/hardware store and purchased a small six-pack of Scottish Moss. I re-used an 12-inch diameter pot that I had been keeping around and we already had the soil.
We started the process by adding the painted fairy house to the dirt area first.
Next we placed the moss around the house.
My daughter used her fingers to dig up a spot for the moss prior to placing it.
The next step was to place the odds and ends we found at the craft store.
I think the best thing about my daughter placing all the accessories was that her idea of what a home would look like came shining through. She didn’t want bugs or butterflies per-Se, but she liked the ladybugs on the teeter-totter. She also liked the ice chest and picked out a ceramic fairy so that the “real fairies” know it’s safe to go in there.
I needed to do this with her.
~~~ I just didn’t know I needed to do this with her until after it was complete. ~~~
I am so thankful that I took the time to create the garden with her. She’s five. It’s a hard thing for me to remember in my late 30’s what it’s like to be with my mom, let alone remember when I was five what it was like to be told “No, sorry honey. We can’t afford to do that” or “I don’t have the time.”
I made the time to do this with her and I’m so glad I did.
Blessings to those who read this. I hope you can make your own. 😉