With this Fairy Soup Activity, toddlers and preschoolers can make concoctions with items from the garden, and strengthen co-ordination skills, snipping, pouring and stirring, while enjoying an afternoon of water play in the backyard.
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Making 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. Maybe one day we’ll graduate to using it inside.
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
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