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How to make a kid-friendly terrarium

My children love being outdoors which is lucky because I do too! Our small garden is packed with things to keep them busy from our homemade mud kitchen to the sand pit. If you’re looking for ways to entertain your family outdoors then look no further than Born to Be Wild by Hattie Garlick. Published by Bloomsbury, it includes over a hundred free nature activities to inspire your family to spend more time outside.

Born to Be Wild book cover

The other day Little Sis and I enjoyed sitting outside in the garden to look through it. There are lots of fun things to do and I can’t wait for the weather to be a little warmer so we can work our way through it. The book is handily arranged by season and then material.

We loved the idea of making a terrarium which was in the Autumn section. Terrariums have been all the rage for a while now. I have a couple of grown up ones but I thought it would be fun to make a kid-friendly one in a jam jar. The instructions were easy to follow and you can see my 4 year old was able to make it herself.

In the jam jar she added a layer of stones, then a layer of soil. We hunted around for some moss, then gently lifted it off and placed it on top of our jam jar terrarium. She placed some tiny animals on top and gave it a sprinkle of water.

viusual guide on how to make a kid-friendly terrarium

She really enjoyed herself and keeps asking when it is going to grow!


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    March 26, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    This is so cool! I thought for a minute it had real bugs in it and freaked out! Im good now haha

    Love and Feathers,
    The Owlet ?

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    Lilinha Espindula
    March 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Such a great idea. I will show this to little man as I’m sure he will love creating a terrarium too! 🙂

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      March 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks, it’s simple enough to hold their attention which always works for my little one!

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    Let kids be kids
    April 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Lovely idea. We’ve not made a terrarium before, but I’m sure my kids would like it too.
    Thanks for sharing with #LetKidsBeKids

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