Fairy Soup: Sensory Fun in the Backyard!

Fairy Soup: fine motor and sensory play in the garden!

Honestly!  Science activities were never this pretty when I was a kid! You may remember that on Thursdays in my home daycare this year, I have only girls here.  This particular group of girls is crazy about fairies, so Thursdays have become the day that we do our fairy activities (you can see some of our favourite fairy activities here).

This week, keeping with our fairy theme, we headed out to garden for one of my favourite backyard water play activities: Fairy Soup!  Making fairy soup is a great way for kids to enjoy some water play while exploring treasures from the garden and strengthening their cutting skills.

fairy soup - sensory and fine motor play in the garden (happy hooligans)


Tools for making Fairy Soup:

supplies for fairy soup

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Extra “ingredients”:

extra ingredients for fairy soup

Making our Fairy Soup!

I filled up a large stock pot with water, added some food colouring, set it on the table and called the girls over.making fairy soup in the garden

They went for the glitter first.  I kind of thought they would.


If you know me at all, you know that the hooligans are a little glitter deprived.  I’m a total glitterphobe, but after the success that we had using it in our fairy mud last week, I was happy to bring it out again today.  I’m really making progress, aren’t I?  Mind you, it helps that we’re outside.  I’m pretty certain you’ll never see us generously dusting our crafts with the stuff.  It’s just not gonna happen!

They spent the next hour or so adding the shells and stones, and collecting flowers from the garden.IMG_0998

Our rose bushes are in full bloom right now, so the blossoms are plentiful, and they were really fun to pull apart and decorate the soup with.

adding roses to the fairy soup
snipping flowers into the fairy soup

They scooped and poured and transferred their soup from the pot into the bowls and back into the pot again.pouring and scooping fairy soup

The glitter shakers were quickly emptied, so the girls would pop the lids off, fill them with soup, and sprinkle the coloured water into the bowls.IMG_1002

They spent ages adding ingredients, stirring and then scooping out handfuls of shells and stones for sorting.IMG_1013


We ended up colouring a couple more batches of water before the morning was over, and when it was all said and done, we removed all of the shells and stones from the bowls, and we poured it all into the garden.

.fairy soup - fine motor, sensory play in the garden (happyhooligans

Easy, inexpensive, engaging and fun!  It was the perfect activity for a warm summer’s day

Similar posts that you may enjoy:

Garden Soup

Sensory Soup

Mud Kitchen

Coloured Ice Play

We’re not the only ones celebrating fairies right now.  Pop over to Nurturestore, and check out the fairy crafts that they’ve been making this week.

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  1. says

    What gorgeous fun! My children did an activity very similar to this all off their own back the other day, involving their Ikea cooking set and almost all the daisies in the garden. It was butterfly soup, though, designed to attract more butterflies to the garden! By the way, Nurture Store has just finished a really sweet fairy week worth checking out. I’ll try and send the link in a bit… Thanks again for your blog, I love watching what a great time your hooligans have!


    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Kai! I didn’t know about Nurturestore’s Fairy Week! I’ll check it out. And thanks for the link to your linky!

  2. says

    Oh how fun!
    Mine are always picking the flowers… Never thought of getting out the water and letting them make soup!

    We may need to try this one!

  3. says

    What a fabulous idea! I have two little girls, and I can only imagine how much fun they would have with this! I have pinned it! Thanks for linking up with Pin It! Tuesday!

  4. Gerry says

    This website is awesome. My wife and I can’t wait to start doing some of these things with our daughter. I found this site by accident… happy, happy accident.

    • happyhooligans says

      Welcome, Gerry! So happy you found me! Happy to have you on board! I hope you and your daughter make some great memories while enjoying my activities!

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