Fairy Soup

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

You may remember that on Thursdays in my home daycare this year, I have only girls here.  So Thursdays have become the day that we do our Fairy activities!  Last week, we made Fairy Mud, you can click here to see how wonderful it was!  This week, keeping with the theme, we headed out to garden for one of my favourite backyard water 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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