The snow has melted, the streams are babbling again, and little bits of green are popping up everywhere. The smell of springtime brings a pleasurable sensation. I cannot wait to translate that feeling into planning my miniature garden, especially if I can utilize some adorable garden accessories.
The animals are some of my favorite miniature accessory to choose for designing container fairy gardens because it is so easy to tell an entire story with just one or two creatures. A little animal that does the trick is Foxy Friends. This mini has not one, but two red fox pups that are playing in an old log. Near the barn, in my fairy garden, I might consider adding a set of Farm Chickens to the scene. Have you ever heard the fable of the Fox and the Hen? The story is about a hen from the barnyard and a fox from the nearby woods that had a chance meeting, and things got interesting! Sharing the tale makes a delightful conversation-starter for little ones. When playing with my nieces and nephews, I love to identify figures to them, located outside and around the house, and ask each child questions. For little ones, you can ask, “What does the chicken say?” For an older child, you might inquiry, “Does that fox look sly? What do you think the fox is thinking about?” Asking questions about the miniature garden accessories is a wonderful way to engage children with language experiences, as well as get them excited about fairy gardens.
For an outdoor miniscape themed around the woodlands, I would feature several different types of wildlife, making the garden a lively place. Animals get excited about spring, too! The Bushy Tail Squirrels bring mischief and character to a miniature garden. Squirrels love to hide under bushes, on rocks, and even in trees. Consider placing resin squirrels out of site in the fairy garden and let youngsters search for the furry-looking friends! I might tell my niece, “Can you find the squirrel inside the miniature woods?” If I time her, she will look for that squirrel again, and again…and again! It becomes quite the adventuresome (if somewhat tiring) game for the two of us.
Some woods in the fairy garden are full of open fields of wildflowers and grassy spots, while others contain tall trees, curving mulched paths, and the singsong of birds. The Cardinal Pick could be a bright red spot in a woodland setting otherwise filled with rich browns and greens. The pick makes it easy to move this miniature accessory around the in woods, helping the bird to alight on trees, rooftops, and birdhouses. I do not know about you, but any fairy garden I create will need to be changed every so often…I like to switch things up!
Of course, if I am aiming for something a bit more complex, I might consider the Woodland Fairy Tree House. With a patch of woods that is full of flying fairies, this tree house becomes a lively gathering place. Also, I am wondering about the fairies’ four-legged friends. They can climb up the homemade ladder that hangs from the tree house’s porch. Easy! Houses are especially popular with my nieces and nephews. They could play all day with my dollhouse, Polly Pockets, and other miniature toys. I have found that fairy houses and gnome doors provide another great opportunity to engage with young relatives in my miniature garden.
Last but not least, how will you welcome friends into your miniature woods - with a friendly black bear, of course! The Black Bear with Welcome Sign is more than ready to greet young visitors with his kind eyes and rustic sign. Ah, I think I can almost smell the new growth of the springtime woodlands…
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