Mini Terrariums

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  • Children should have adult supervision while using materials that are toxic or objects that are sharp
  • Guide you child’s hands closely as needed while they use craft tools and materials

Moss terrariums are a perfect project for getting your family out in nature and then preserving a piece of it to be enjoyed at home. Terrariums can be any size and made from any kind of glass container with a lid. You can use anything from a clear Mason jar to purchasing a larger piece that can often be found at florists, craft shops and decor sections.

Thinking Skills: this activity will foster your child's thinking about science and how plants grow

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Required Materials:

  • Clean glass container with lid
  • small rocks
  • soil
  • moss
  • small figurines/toys

Optional Materials:

  • sand

Directions

  • Download PDF of instructions
  • Wash the glass container with mild soap and water. Make sure you rinse thoroughly.
  • Carefully place a layer of small rocks on the bottom – don’t drop them! This will allow for drainage for excess moisture. You can substitute the rocks for sand, smooth beach glass, shells, be creative!
  • The next layer is optional – sand often works well as way to add visual interest.
  • Next is the soil. If possible use soil taken from the same area where you found your moss. Otherwise regular dirt from the garden is fine, as is potting soil. Make sure the soil is nice and moist to the touch (but not muddy).  If it’s too dry you can prepare it by working in a few teaspoons of water.
  • Now you’re ready to begin landscaping your terrarium. Place the moss directly onto the soil, gently pressing it into place. Unlike plants with roots that need to be buried, moss only needs light contact with the soil to be happy.

Try piling up some soil higher on one side of the container than the other before laying the moss down to give a effect of a hill. Use some more rocks, sand and/or shells to arrange among the greenery. Position any figures, animals or other sculptural elements you might have to complete your scene.

  • Give the moss a final misting of water and close the lid. Be sure to display in an area away from windows or heaters.

Nurture

  • If you give your child lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors
  • Your child will develop an understanding nature’s value

Explore

  • If you encourage your child to observe the natural materials around them
  • Your child will develop inspiration from their environment

Mini Terrariums

Moss terrariums are a perfect project for getting your family out in nature and then preserving a piece of it to be enjoyed at home. Terrariums can be any size and made from any kind of glass container with a lid. You can use anything from a clear Mason jar to purchasing a larger piece that can often be found at florists, craft shops and decor sections.

Thinking Skills: this activity will foster your child's thinking about science and how plants grow

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