Friday, May 14, 2010
My kids and I are having so much fun in our fairy/rock gardens! I think you will be seeing many more updates on this as we make all of the hundreds of things we have planned for these gardens.
Let me give you the first look at our Fairies’ garden.
I’ll point a few things out because, quite honestly we have spent way too much time on these creations! ;)
We made a garden with rows for each plant type. Starting along the top row we have corn, next are green onions, zucchini, carrots, and then lettuce. Along the left side are our sunflowers.
The coolest part of this is that all of the vegetables are removable!
Oh ye-ah! I wanted this garden to be completely interactive for my kids. So, they can “pick” everything for picnics or regular meals. Even the basket to hold the bounty was made by us!
Now, when the season is over the kids can take everything out, down to even the corn stalks themselves! Then, you will just see the rows of dirt! They can pretend to plant their garden and watch them grow!
Here is all the produce we have so far. Notice in the basket we even have strawberries. We have a strawberry barrel in progress for those to “grow” in.
Also, the corn can come out completely down to just the corn cob, ready to eat. Or they can pick corn cobs with 1, 2, or 3 husks still on it.
Oh and my zucchini plants... I think zucchini plants are the most gorgeous vegetables that you can grow! These were so much fun to make…we even included tendrils under the flowers and stamens inside!
We have a campfire to cook up our bounty. We still have to make a “metal” bucket to actually cook the food in. We’re thinking we’ll make some more veggies that are already cut up, so that we can make stews and such.
We tried to make the rings in the logs, like real ones. They turned out pretty cute. Again, everything is interactive so each part of the campfire is its own piece so that it can be moved however, or wherever they want it to.
Here is a shot of where the Fairies’ garden went into place. We added more pathways, sand, and even some moss. We wont be able to actually grow anything in these fairy gardens, the kids talked me into moss being the next best thing! I think it’s pretty clever.
A very cool thing about making a polymer clay garden is that my kids are learning a ton about vegetables. We had to really think through what makes a vegetable really look like what it is supposed to look like. The corn husks needed the fluff on top of the stalk. However, we did take liberties with how the corn attaches, so that we could make it interactive. We looked up pictures on flikr, and actual produce from our refrigerator to get colors, leaves, shapes, and more “just right”. It is also fun figuring out what tools will make the right effect that we are going for. It was my oldest daughter’s idea to have a false bottom on the garden, for the vegetables to be able to push into. It works like a charm!
I would LOVE to see any fairy/rock gardens that anyone else has! We are getting our inspiration from anywhere that we can!
I'm joining the fun at the following parties!
The Persimmon Perch, Skip To My Lou, Keeping It Simple, Making The World Cuter, the DIY Showoff,