This is the time of year when nature walks begin again for us, in earnest! And who could resist the beckoning sunshine and cheerful breeze? Certainly not I! Not a hard choice to make when the alternative that lay before me was a sinkful of dirty dishes. . .
So off we went! This is one of those amazing perks of being a homeschooler! Yes indeed! All in a days work!
As we crunched through the leftover dead prairie grass the kids discovered a frog! Perfect for Rachel’s Animal Block. A living specimen to observe, not to touch, in it’s natural habitat. She had just recently studied amphibians and informed me that it was bright green and not a boreal chorus frog. I, not having seen it at all, cannot confirm the veracity of this statement. But I will humbly leave the identification of such things to the experts! Lol, AkA my kids;)
So besides picking dandelions I brought home some “treasures and decided to try my own version of a fairy garden!
It actually really is much prettier in real life, so sorry, but I’m just so excited that I can have a fairy garden to grace my piano with without the high cost! Just a sweet nature walk in our own backyard is all it took! So here’s how I did it. I brought home some dried up, desperately thirsty mosses and lichens. Enough to fill the bottom of the decorative bird cage I had waiting at home. My 5 year old son offered his contribution, the lovely bonsai-ish looking poplar branch. It is so cute with miniature baby leaves just coming out. I adore it and he is so pleased that I used it:)
Next I filled the bottom of the bird cage with rich soil from the backyard garden and arranged the lovely mosses on top. Here’s a close up view of the moss and lichen.
There now for the poplar branch. I stuck it in the moss and it looked so good but I knew it wouldn’t last long without water to drink so . . . I did some detective work and at last found a suitable container which I pushed down into the dirt and covered discreetly with the mosses. Ok, that’s it. Super easy and crazy frugal, plus it looks amazing sitting on top of my newly redeemed piano! ( more on that in another post)