With this Fairy Soup Activity, kids can make concoctions, strengthen fine motor skills and enjoy an afternoon of water play in the backyard.
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 and play with flowers and other treasures from the garden and strengthening their cutting skills.
Tools for making Fairy Soup:
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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.
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.
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.
They scooped and poured and transferred their soup from the pot into the bowls and back into the pot again.
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.
They spent ages adding ingredients, stirring and then scooping out handfuls of shells and stones for sorting.
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.
Easy, inexpensive, engaging and fun! It was the perfect activity for a warm summer’s day
You’ll also love these activities for toddlers and preschoolers:
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.
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.