Creating a fairy garden at Iver Environment Centre

Iver Environment Centre has been running family fun sessions throughout the summer holidays. There have been lots of different sessions to choose from, such as pond dipping, bug hunting, flower crafts and fairy crafts. The fantastic fairies craft session sounded like the perfect activity for Sophie.


Sophie with her finished fairy garden - "Creating a fairy garden at Iver Environment Centre"


We arrived early for the afternoon session which gave us time to explore the gardens before the start of the craft session. Sophie headed straight for the orchard. There were some cup and ball sets laid out here for the children to play with. Sophie loved trying these out. She couldn’t quite manage to catch the ball in the cup but firing the ball in the air kept her entertained. At one point she was trying to hold three cups at once and fire the balls in the air.


Sophie playing with cup and ball toys in the orchard


As I sat with Thomas watching Sophie, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful big dragonfly that kept circling the orchard over our heads. Dragonflies always make me think of Jessica. This one flew around us for ages.


We just about had enough time to explore the rainforest area before it was time for our craft session to start.


Sophie exploring the rainforest zone



Our craft activity was to create our own fairy house and garden. We had been given a plastic plate, toilet roll tube, cardboard cone and a small circle of paper. There was glue and scissors in the table plus a container of moss. Each of the children was also given a bowl to collect natural items to decorate the fairy house.


Sophie with her craft materials ready to start


Sophie had to collect bamboo leaves, evergreen leaves, some small stones, two twigs, a piece of bark and some vine leaves for her fairy house. She also covered the plate with a couple of scoops of soil ready to create the fairy garden.


Sophie collecting bamboo leaves


Sophie collecting natural items for her fairy garden


She stuck the bamboo leaves to the toilet roll tube to create the walls of the house and the vine leaves to the cone to make the roof. Any gaps between the leaves were covered up with moss. The small circle became the window and the piece of bark the door.


Sophie cutting her bamboo leaves ready to stick to the toilet roll tube


The twigs formed the outline for the path which was then filled in with stones. Finally the evergreen leaves were placed around the garden to create trees and hedges.


Sophie with her fairy garden


Sophie really enjoyed making her fairy garden and managed to make it with very little help from me. She loved going around the gardens collecting all the items needed to decorate the house.


The children were also given a cut out picture of a fairy and a small bag each. They were allowed to choose four flowers from the gardens to cut and place in their bags to take home and stick on the fairy to make her dress and wings.


Sophie choosing her flowers for her flower fairy picture


I loved how simple and effective the fairy garden craft was. This is something we could easily try doing again at home.


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13 thoughts on “Creating a fairy garden at Iver Environment Centre

  1. A beautiful little fairy house and toilet rolls make the perfect little house. I always struggle to get the roof right but supplying a ready made cone to decorate is a good idea, I might just do this next time we make them. The little stone path is very effective too. A lovely activity and one I think Jessica would have loved, I can’t help feeling the dragonfly symbolized her eyes and ears watching over you. xx #CountryKids

    1. The cone was perfect for the roof. I can imagine they might be tricky to do. I love to think of dragonflies being a sign that Jessica is watching over us x

  2. What a fabulous art and nature activity for kids. I love fairy gardens and still enjoy creating them with Caroline despite being well into my 40s!! There’s a photo somewhere on my blog of some fairy latrines made by wild Daddy. That dragonfly thing is beautiful. There’s a gorgeous book about using them to help children understand death, again on the blog but I’ll message you. Thanks for having me as co-host on #CountryKids, hope we can keep it as fab as Fiona did!

    1. I love making fairy gardens too! I do love the dragonfly story – it’s such a beautiful way of helping children understand death and ever since I read it, dragonflies make me think of Jessica x

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