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SPRING IS HERE! And that means it’s time to enjoy nature and make things. We recently picked up a couple amazing kits that allow us to do both. The My Fairy Garden kits by PlayMonster are designed for kids ages 4 and up and are an excellent STEM activity that provides hands-on learning and fun over an extended period of time as the seeds start to sprout in 3-5 days and then flowers grow 6-10 weeks later! There are several fun kits to choose from.
What You Need:
- A My Fairy Garden kit (some assembly required- no tools needed!)- available at Target
We picked up two kits from Target: My Fairy Garden Tree Hollow and My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage. The kits include everything you need to create a real live garden for your fairy. Each My Fairy Garden includes its own fairy and little friend along with a habitat, magical soil discs and a variety of seeds.
- A mixing bowl and some water for the magic soil disks
- Optional: To make things cleaner (since we put our kits together indoors), I placed a clear shower curtain liner under us.
Open up your kit and set all of the pieces out. Read the instructions together and assign a task to each kid (if you have more than one child).
Each kit includes a fun little lesson on how plants need water, air, and sunlight to grow… so we read that together before we got started. Then, we read a fun little story about Willow and Freya, the fairies that came in each of our kits along with their cute little woodland friends- a bunny and a chipmunk. The boys loved the stories and holding the little fairies!
Grab your magical soil disk/s and place in a bowl. Add water. They will immediately start to expand! The boys (and grown ups!) absolutely LOVED watching how quickly and how much they grew! The instructions recommend letting it soak in for about half an hour. When it comes to gardening, there is a lot of patience involved, so this part is awesome for kids to get to see something grow right before their eyes!
Next, you’ll want to assemble your fairy’s habitat. They come mostly put together and are very easy to assemble that your kids can help!
The soil is ready! Use the provided little tools to break it apart and make sure it’s nice and fluffy and ready to use! I was surprised at just how much soil the little disks make when they are all done! And of course, the boys loved any chance they could get to get their hands dirty-especially in their room! (Hence the shower curtain liner. Mama thought ahead!) But really though, it wasn’t very messy.
This part is also lots of fun for the kids: It’s time to use your little shovel and fill the fairy habitat with soil! As you can imagine, the boys reallllly enjoyed this part!
Once your soil is set in your fairy habitat, you’re ready to plant your Magical Seed Mix! Since they are really small and need to be spaced out a bit, I thought I would do this step myself just to be on the safe side. If your kids are a bit older, you could let them help!
The kits include an amazing variety of quick-germinating seeds that can start growing sprouts in as quickly as 3 days with flowers coming up in around 6-10 weeks!
Water your Fairy Garden! Each kit includes a little water can so your kids can water their garden. Be sure to help them maintain their garden’s watering at a healthy level. You don’t want the soil to dry out but you also don’t want them to over water it.
…..and now we wait!
Andrew is in kindergarten and has been learning about making daily observations to track growth. We will be using our My Fairy Garden kits for some fun ongoing observations over the coming weeks that he and Aidan will get to document the growing gardens and take pictures of their progress! I’m really excited! If you have young kids, I can’t recommend these My Fairy Garden sets enough!
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Be sure to check back here every week! I’ll be sharing our updates every Monday over the next few weeks so you can see how they grow and what our final gardens look like!
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