I’m not sure what made me think about it, but I had this idea of using a section of artificial grass as a base for an imaginative play scene. And so I went to Clark Rubber and bought half a metre (you could probably find the stuff at places like Bunnings too). Cost me under $15, and it’s proved to be a hit with the kids.
This is the perfect sort of activity for the school holidays, because once you set it up, the kids tend to come back and forth for days on end, adding to the play as they go. I had the grass sitting in the garage, waiting for an opportune moment to use it, and then I saw a picture of the gardens at Château de Chenonceau in France. What an inspiration! And BOOM: so was born the Castle Garden Play Scene.
A Magical Castle Garden
What we used
Like any of our play scenes, most of the stuff can be find around the home or can be purchased for very little cost.
Underbed storage container
Fake plants (found at a discount store)
Bowl (filled with water and a drop of food colouring)
1. Cut grass to size.
2. Small fake plants are delightful because they add such a wonderful element of magic and colour.
3. A bowl filled with water and a drop of blue food colouring (which does stain because it’s so diluted) is perfect for mermaids, of course. I noticed the chidlren added in a few shells to the water from their collections.
4. The children already had these cute plastic crystals. Pretty, pretty. And we added some stepping stones too.
5. Add toys/dolls/anything!
6. I set this up for the kids outside on a mat under the car port, so it was in the shade but still outside in the fresh air. The wonderful thing about these sorts of things is you can set it up inside, or outside.