Pretend play can extend conversations, create empathy for others, and allow a child or adult to create a magical place. For others it can be a safe place to work through stress or difficult emotions, to try out new ideas, or to express dreams and wishes. Fairy gardens are pretend play on a miniature scale. Tiny expressions of hope and fantasy!
SIMPLE DIY FAIRY GARDEN
What you need:
- Stones, twigs, pinecones, moss
- Decorations – animals, flowers, leaves, teacups, stones, gems etc.
- Small door (can be made of paper, wood, bark, or old lego)
- Small terracotta pot for house – painted if you like
Arrange the soil in the planter, then position the larger items & stones where you want them. If you have a small terracotta pot, you can turn it upside down to use it as a base for your fairy house. If you are going to paint the fairy house, do it before putting it in the garden . When it’s dry, glue on a door made of paper, wood, bark or even old lego!
Then add your stones, twigs, pinecones, moss and other decorations – go to town decorating your new fairy garden with everything you can dream of. Remember that fairies are not perfectionists. They love freeform design because life is supposed to be free! And fairies also love it when you leave them letters to share your feelings. Give it a try!
If you don’t have a pot, don’t worry – use a wonderful tree near your home, in a park or any special place to make a fairy home. Fairies love tree stumps or flower pots either inside or outside, and truly any lovely spot will do. Add a homemade table for your fairy friend made from paper, leaves and flowers. BC Playthings in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver, carries gorgeous little fairy treats to decorate and make your fairy home or perfect fairy Airbnb.
WIN WITH BC PLAYTHINGS – BECOME A FAIRY DETECTIVE THIS SUMMER
Starting June 24th, 2019 and running through July, you can become a fairy detective! Solve the clues found on the BC Playthings Facebook Page (or in store) and collect 2 different decorations for your fairy garden each Tuesday & Saturday in July from participating locations throughout Edgemont Village in North Vancouver.
Here is how it works :
- Come to BC Playthings during the last week of June to get your stylish and fantastical “Fairy Fun Passport.”
- Watch the BC Playthings Facebook Page for the “Riddle Posts of the Day” (or come into the store for clues).
- Solve the riddle and head over to the mystery store to ask the lovely staff for a stamp on your passport and some special fairy supplies!
- Once your passport is full, return it to BC Playthings to enter their draw for a Magic Playmobil set, and another draw for a very large gift basket generously donated by the Edgemont Village merchants highlighted below!
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Nestled into the old growth forest of the North Shore Mountains in beautiful Edgemont Village, you will find award-winning BC Playthings, a unique & charming toy store that brings so much to the community. In their new & expanded location, they offer a wide array of quality, wholesome toys, fidgets and educational tools, and they’re a trusted resource for parents, educators, therapists and medical professionals. The BC Playthings team hand-picks specific products to nurture and encourage active, wholesome play for children of all ages and their caregivers. Available in store and online at bcplaythings.com.
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