While we were playing with our gold play dough Lovey told me she thought it looked “magical, like a magic fairy land.” That gave me this idea for fairy garden play dough. I knew both of the girls would love it, they definitely do!
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I used the same gold play dough we used in the other activity. To make it I used the no cook play dough recipe from The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. I substituted gold glitter for 1/2 of the salt called for in the recipe.
To create the invitation to play I set the play dough out with:
- Fairies from the Safari Ltd. Fairies Toob
- Large green glass gems
- Small blue glass gems
- Assorted beads
- Assorted buttons
- Driftwood pieces
The kids have also been finding these small new plants that are growing around one of our shrubs. I decided to use them for our fairy “forest.” You could go on a nature walk to find your own version or use some miniature fake plants from your local craft store. If you use real plants just be sure to wash the roots or trim them off so unless you want the dirt mixed in with your play dough. I wanted to save this gold dough a bit longer so we washed them (and then ended up cutting them off at the girls’ request).
Lovey was the first to create a fairy garden. She started by making a river and adding the river banks.
It wasn’t long before the fairies came along to enjoy their small world. Then Lovey’s imagination took over and it began raining candy (buttons). The fairies were delighted and had a candy party.
Later while I was preparing lunch, Tinker wanted to create her own fairy garden, but she also wanted to be near me. Because the wooden box and tray were mobile, we moved the materials to the kitchen and she began making her creation.
She continued making her fairy small world even after we had eaten lunch.
Do your kids enjoy play dough as much as mine do? We seem to be making a new play dough invitation weekly, and there’s no sign of the kids’ interest waning anytime soon.