Toadstool Fairy Garden

Arty Crafty Kids - Toadstool Fairy Garden in an Egg Carton

This charming Toadstool Fairy Garden is the perfect craft to stimulate imaginations and encourage small world play. Made from a recycled egg carton, kids can take their Toadstool Fairy Garden for a play anywhere!

Angel hers everywhere and particularly likes the ‘secret garden’. I love watching her play, make up stories and it never ceases to amaze me that so make joy can stem from a little creative thought and an old egg carton.

To make a Toadstool Fairy Garden at home, all you will need is an:

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Egg Carton
Paint – Red, white and green
A few sequin flowers
A felt flower shape or you can make one out of recycled fabric, card or paper
Glue
Natural elements – we used pine cones
Toy Fairy Figures

 

Toadstool Fairy Garden 

Paint the lid (and inside lid) of the egg carton a lovely bright red and the base white. Leave to dry and add white spots onto the lid of the egg carton.

Arty Crafty Kids - Toadstool Fairy Garden

Paint the inside of the egg carton green, adding more white spots to the lid.

Arty Crafty Kids - Toadstool Fairy Garden

Once the paint has thoroughly dried, add flowers and cones to the fairy garden using the materials you have available. Maybe pop outside and collect stones, cones and sticks?

Arty Crafty Kids - Toadstool Fairy Garden

So that’s it. It really is that easy to create an enchanting Toadstool Fairy Garden in an Egg Carton!

I hope your crafty kids get hours of enjoyment out of their gorgeous craft. I love the idea of small world play within an egg carton and this particular craft could be adapted to suit the interests of your child!

I’m thinking pirates, princesses, a jungle or ocean – the possibilities are endless, what will you make?

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Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

Arty Crafty Kids - Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

When it comes to simple preschool crafts, the humble toilet roll often takes centre stage –  who doesn’t have the odd paper roll to hand? Our Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft is perfect for younger children.

They’ll love designing their butterflies. Applying colour, creating patterns, sticking and playing with their creations.

Our Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft is also a great activity combined with a butterfly themed book, such as the classic preschool book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar – acting as an invitation to young children to interpret the books in their own way through their butterfly designs.

Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft: Materials

Paper Toilet Roll
Paper Plate
Paint
Googly Eyes
Pipe Cleaner
Pom-Poms
Embellishments – sequins, felt circles, tissue paper etc

Sticky Tape
Stapler
Glue

To get started, simply cut a plate into four parts and shape to create the appearance of wings.

From here, your arty kids can get creative and paint!

Arty Crafty Kids - Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

Once dry, pair the wings together and staple.

Arty Crafty Kids - Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

Add some further decorations (if that’s what your kids would like to do). I used this as an opportunity to discuss symmetry and patterns.

Arty Crafty Kids - Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

Attach the wings to the paper roll with sticky tape.

Arty Crafty Kids - Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

Create two antennae using the pom-pom and pipe cleaner, and stick to the inside of the paper roll using a little sticky tape.

Arty Crafty Kids - Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft

Finish off with a smiley face and googly eyes!

I hope your preschoolers have had fun making their butterflies.

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Recycled Plastic Bag Flower

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Recycled plastic bag flower

Our gorgeous recycled plastic bag flower has been created as part of the 60 Day Junk Play Challenge hosted by Best Toys 4 Toddlers.

The Junk Play Challenge is all about recycling common materials usually destined by the rubbish/recycling bin and getting creative, having a play and transforming waste into something new and exciting!

It’s amazing what you could do with an old cd, milk bottle or in our case, a plastic bag!

Recycling plastic bags to make flowers is surprisingly easy and I love how effective they are.

Recycled Plastic Bag Flower: Materials

Plastic Bag – A thin plastic bag works better!
String
Cellophane or paper/ magazine strips for the petals
A fork
Stapler
Scissors
Pipe Cleaners
Sticky Tape

Recycled Plastic Bag Flower

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft -  Recycled Plastic Bag Flower

1) Roll the past bag up to about 1cm thickness.
2) Cut into strips.
3) Unroll the strips.
4) Gather 3 plastic strips and wrap them around the fork.

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Recycled Plastic Bag Flower

5) Tie a short piece of thread around the central part of the wrapped plastic without securing.
6) Cut both sides of plastic.
7) Pull the thread tight, knot and slide off the fork.
8) Fluff by separating the cut plastic until the thread is covered. Trim with a pair of scissors if necessary.

The little plastic pom-pom could easily be grouped together with others and attached to a pipe cleaner to make a large flower or be used as the pollinated area (stigma) as we have.

The Petals of the Recycled Plastic Bag Flower

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Recycled Plastic  Bag Flower

1) Cut out 5 or 6 strips of cellophane/paper ensuring that each strip has a wide middle section.
2) Fold the strip over and staple the ends to form a petal. Fold a second strip over and staple together on top of the first petal.
3) Continue folding and stapling until all the strips are used.
4) Turn the petals over to reveal the sharp area of the staples and secure the plastic bag pom pom on top using one final staple.
5) Finish off by attaching a pipe cleaner with a small amount of sticky tape.
Pop your flowers into an upcycled jar or vase and enjoy! 

This post will be one of four taking part in the Junk Play Challenge and we’ll be crafting with broken crayons, candy wrappers and wArty Crafty Kids - 60 Day Junk Playallpaper scraps, so watch this space and check out the Junk Play Challenge for some fabulous junk play ideas

 

 

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Recycled Plastic Bag Flower