Autumn Fairy Dust

Autumn Fairy Dust Nature Activity

This Autumn Fairy Dust activity is a unique, whimsical way to play outside and learn about the autumn season that calls on phenology, imagination, and a touch of magic.


  • Autumn leaves
  • Dried flowers and spices (We used cloves, cider spices, roses, clover buds, and lavender)
  • Flower seeds
  • Small empty glass jars
  • Edible glitter*

Autumn Fairy Dust Provocation

Before we got started, I set out all the materials and ingredients in bowls. We observed, handled, and smelled the items. The more brittle the leaves are, the easier they’ll be to tear and crumble. Using an empty bowl and a spoon or a stick, she tore autumn leaves, added dashes of spices and dashes of dried flowers, mixed and mashed, and sprinkled, and made up her own rhyming spells while doing so (which is a great little literary exercise!). “Alacazam, alakazoo, bibbity bobbity, stars and moon!” After she finished concocting her Autumn Fairy Dust mix, we poured it into a small recycled glass jar. She repeated this process until we ran out of jars.

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Autumn Fairy Dust Craft

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A couple of the Autumn Fairy Dust jars were saved as fall gifts for friends, but the others were gently sprinkled over bare soil in a sunny spot in our yard; a good place for the seeds in the Fairy Dust mixture to germinate. We also gave the seeds a nice, firm pat. The seed packets the kids selected to include in this provocation were butterfly snapdragons, moonflowers, and chocolate sunflower seeds and while I have no clue if these seeds will make it to next year, it’ll be a fun experiment to see if they bloom come springtime!

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Learning Moment: This activity is an opportunity to talk about why leaves fall from the trees during the autumn season and how leaves help fertilize the soil and give sustenance and protection to animals in the winter months. It is also a chance to discuss the natural cycle of annual wildflowers and how they release their seeds in the summer and autumn and how those seeds sleep under leaves all winter long until the warmer spring and summer months.

Book Recommendations: There’s a connection with flowers, herbs, and fairies in folklore. Read the collection of poems featuring autumn fairies in Flower Fairies of Autumn by Cicely Mary Barker (Public Library | Local Bookstore). Also, a sweet picture book about the life cycle of seeds and the seasons is highlighted in Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler (Public Library | Local Bookstore), another wonderful companion title to pair with this activity.

Sing: Let’s Play Music has an Autumn Fairy Song you can learn to sing when mixing fairy dust or sprinkling it on the ground.



*I was hesitant to use regular craft glitter or sequins (ingredients requested by my daughter) because I didn’t want an animal to choke or get sick. Instead we used edible glitter purchased at a bake shop thinking this would be a safer alternative. In hindsight, we should have scrapped glitter all along because even though the edible glitter is non-toxic, it’s still glitter and does not belong in the ground. Next time we’ll stick to seeds, dried herbs, and items exclusively found outside. Maybe we’ll even mist the Autumn Fairy Dust with water for a natural sparkle.


3 Responses to “Autumn Fairy Dust”

  1. Jenna says:

    I adore this. Maybe you could have used just sprinkles? The shiny clear kind? Either way, beautiful and fun idea!


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