For a while the kids have been asking to make Terrariums, so I have been on the look out for suitable Jars. This week we came across these square ones in a supermarket, which we decided would be perfect for what the kids had in mind. I initially suggested that they gathered some moss for the base of their little gardens, but apparently that’s what grown-ups do in theirs, so I got talked into taking them to the local garden centre for psychedelic gravel instead!
In our kitchen we have a windowsill on which we
dump collect interesting bits and pieces that we have found; fossils, bones and bits of bark feature prominently, so this was a perfect opportunity to find some of them a more permanent home. The kids then got down to work.
Using gravel and sand worked really well, as it allowed the kids to try their objects in a few different ways, without their jars getting all messy and them getting frustrated. It’ll also be easy for them to change their layout in the future if they decide to. They both chose to only use one little succulent each – I’m hoping that these will cope with their barren environments fairly well with just the occasional mist, they did get a good soaking before they got put in.
My daughter’s theme is Guinea Pig Heaven. It’s not clear from the photos but there’s lots of little gems and beads hidden within her landscape. She is absolutely delighted with it, and apparently the cat isn’t dreaming about eating the little rodent, despite how it may look!
My son’s theme is a Beast’s Lair. This is obvious, apparently, from the large fossilised shark tooth (aka beast’s tooth), that is stabbing through the little vole skull in the foreground. The floor of the lair is scattered with Fool’s gold. My son is equally pleased with his creation, and both are proudly displayed in their bedrooms.
The kids really enjoyed making their terrariums up. It would be a great activity for a rainy day, and it certainly encouraged their imaginations to kick in. I would love to hear about other bottle garden ideas that people have come up with!