Mini Gardens for Littles Ones

Last week while Lily was in preschool, I worked on putting together another area of our mini fairy garden to surprise Lily and it was so much fun! I found three plastic whiskey barrel style pots on clearance at Lowe's, filled my cart with bags of dirt, and drove home to get to work! My favorite part was make the mini "hobbit hole" by using hot glue to attach moss to the terra cotta pot, and Lily's favorite part is making her fairies talk and swim in their little pool. 

I thought I'd share some photos and tips I've picked up in the past few weeks of mini gardening because we are all loving it so much.

A few things I've learned while building our fairy garden:

  • if you live in an especially humid area, any unfinished wood rot and get moldy pretty quickly. Instead, use terra cotta, ceramic, rock, plastic, or metal for your mini garden. Get creative! We found a few items at JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby but I also tried to make my own mini garden decorations because it's so much more fun that way.
  • if you have very little ones, remember to keep choking hazards out of the garden. I'm building this garden for Lily (3 1/2) and Augustine (10 months) so I want it to be small enough to feel like a "real" fairy garden for her, but I also don't want to worry about Augustine choking on tiny marbles or itty bitty mushrooms (although they are so cute). 
  • remember that the whole point of this is to encourage imaginative outside play! Don't stress when the kids get dirt all over the place and don't micromanage the fairies because you want them to be Pinterest perfect. 
  • one of Lily's favorite aspects of this garden is the water bowl where she can make her little fairies swim, but it's important to remember to drain the water at the end of each day so it doesn't attract mosquitoes.
  • if you are going to use succulents to create a mini garden look, don't put them right next to the bowl of water like we did. Lily demanded it and we'll see how it goes, but knowing that succulents don't need a ton of water has me slightly worried that they aren't going to make it for too long.