These mini garden ideas and fairy play activities are sure to inspire kids of all ages to dig, plant, grow and engage in imaginative play!
Fairy gardens are the perfect way to connect your child with so many learning & sensory concepts and they are easy to create in your backyard, kitchen or classroom!
We have ours in our outdoor flower garden but today's set of activities include ideas for both indoor and outdoor fairy set-ups!
I hope you find inspiration and enjoy planning your own mini garden play area!
20 Fairy Play & Mini Garden Ideas
It's no secret that I love getting kids involved in gardening activites!
Gardening is great for so many reasons -- the nature connection, learning where your food comes from, studying the science of plants and it's just a good idea to dig in the dirt when you're a child ;)
Pair that with the imaginative play of fairies -- which inspire storytelling, building vocabulary, creative play and of course, reading books -- and you have an activity that your kids will turn to again and again this Spring and Summer.
You'll find a number of creative ideas below including tips for outdoor gardens, fairy crafts, indoor & outdoor play activities and affiliate links for some of our favorite books and items to pair with your fairy garden!
Outdoor Fairy Garden Ideas
Introduce a few STEM ideas in this Fairy Garden with Science & Engineering activities || Edventures with Kids
For an easy-to-care-for garden, build this DIY Succulent Fairy Garden || Arts & Crackers
Or try this All-in-One Fairy Garden Kit that can be used inside or outdoors!
Let your kids visit the garden store with you and choose which plants will be included in their garden.
I just adore this DIY Fairy Door on a Tree -- perfect if you don't have room for an outdoor garden! || Danya Banya
Need a fairy house? Try these Painted Fairy House Rocks instead || The Pinterested Parent
Don't forget about those unique add-in items for imaginative play!
- How about a Miniature Dragon figurine (seriously, too cute!)
- Create this colorful DIY Fairy Wand using nature items!
- Let your kids add LEGO figures to the garden
- Or these adorable Fairy garden herd of chickens!
- Round-up some teeny, tiny items from a small play set or doll house
- And if you need a few fairies, try the Safari Ltd Fairy TOOB
Use this free printable How Tall Will Your Plant Grow? activity to inspire math in your fairy garden!
Another great engineering challenge is to Build a Fairy House at the Park || Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Here are a few wonderful fairy garden layouts to inspire you too!
- Our Fairy Garden || Buggy and Buddy
- How to Make a Fairy Garden for Your Yard || Our Daily Craft
- Fairy House & Garden || Crafts By Amanda
- Start Your Own Fairy Garden || Rhythms of Play
- How to a make a fairy garden for magical imaginary play || Nurture Store
- Fairy Garden in a Tea Cup || All Free Kids Crafts
- How to make a Miniature Fairy Garden || Crafty Kids At Home
Reading in the Fairy Garden
One of the biggest draws for an outdoor fairy garden is turning it into a play & reading area.
Taking books outside is such a great way to encourage literacy & spend an afternoon -- just grab a picnic blanket or large beach towel along with some books and fun snacks!
You can also set up a Fairy Tent Canopy around your reading area too! (helps keep away the bugs ;)
A few of our favorite fairy books:
One of the best is How to Find Flower Fairies which reveals the secret places where fairies live!
Magical Secret Garden is an adorable pop-up fairy book with such detailed illustrations!
And A Fairy Friend is another beautifully illustrated book, cute story & lots to see on each page.
Or just grab a stack of your favorite nature books because fairies love nature too!
Fairy Garden Crafts & Activities
Try these DIY crafts and activities for kids too -- many can be added to your garden.
Fairy Garden Rocks || Peace but not Quiet
How to Make Fairy Furniture || Adventure in a Box
Recycled Milk Bottle Fairy Garden || The Gingerbread House
DIY Mini Leaf Envelopes & Letters for Fairies || Mother Natured
How to Create a Fairy Busy Bag || Little World Big Adventures
Pinecone Craft - Fairies || Red Ted Art
Mason Jar Fairy House Craft || Easy Peasy and Fun
Acorn Bells || Fireflies & Mudpies
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