As the mother of a nine-year-old girl I’m familiar with the My Fairy Garden toy range from Interplay. We’ve often admired the fairy toys that my daughter’s friends have, and were delighted to be given the opportunity to review the Unicorn Garden from the range.
The picture on the box gives you an idea of what’s inside, and we picked up a couple of extra fairies and a mouse at a blogging conference. Here’s what you get in the box:
You get seeds for the grass but you have to provide your own soil. I didn’t buy any because I thought I had a bag, but it turns out I didn’t and I had to pinch some from the garden! I would have waited until I could get out and buy some, but who can disappoint this face?
It was a really nice activity for me and my daughter to do together. I say together, but she took over and I just stuck around and chatted to her (after I dug up the garden). If she’d have been a bit younger I’d have probably had to help, but because she’s nine, she just got on with it after I’d pointed her in the right direction. She really enjoyed making the bunting.
After planting the grass seed, it was a waiting game. It took about 10 days for the grass to be full and bouncy enough for the fairies to move in. We let it get quite long, then trimmed it and took our kit outside on a nice afternoon after school.
I had to set up the well, but Emma enjoyed assembling the trellis.
She spent some time carefully planting the flowers.
Then she was finally finished and very proud of the end result.
She loves her fairy garden and definitely thought it was worth the wait while the grass grew.
We love our unicorn garden and will definitely be buying more from the My Fairy Garden range.
The kit says for children ages 4+ but if you’ve got an older girl who still enjoys small-world play, she’ll get a lot out of being independent and putting this together herself. I have a niece who is turning five soon and I think when she sees Emma’s unicorn garden, she’ll want her own too. Definitely a great gift for girls who love fairies.