I have been trying to plan a small activity my six and a half-year old to do in the afternoons while my younger two are having rest time. The oldest is really into fairy princesses right now so this was the perfect activity.
She got this fairy garden kit for Christmas and we put it away for the spring. You could easily make one without a kit. All you need is a large potting bowl, potting soil, and paraphernalia for the garden. The kit came with a fairy, ceramic mushrooms and house, and plastic flowers–things you could find in a craft store. My daughter painted everything with regular ceramic paint. We sprinkled glitter i.e. fairy dust on everything.
The kit also came with purple gravel to make a path for the fairy. It is the same kind of gravel you would find in the aquarium section in a pet store. Her kit came with magic seeds and beans. I am not a plant expert, but I am pretty sure it is regular grass seed and bean plant seeds.
After a few days we have the makings of a fairy garden! Just put in a sunny window and keep the potting soil moist.
The kit also came with sheet of paper to write a story about the fairy in the garden. This was a great opportunity for my oldest to practice her handwriting and exercise her imagination.