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Terrarium in a Baby Food Jar

Remember the hundred (give or take) jars of baby food that were gifted to me? I have a bucket full of empty jars now that need to be "crafted".  I also had a bucket of aquarium rock that needs to find a new use. This week we used up a few rocks and jars while making terrariums. Easy peasy and the kids loved this project.

 First we painted the lids a sunny yellow. 

I was wondering where I'd find moss or other greens to put into our terrariums. It is March in Minnesota after all (although you won't know it with temps nearing 80 degrees today). While at the farm checking my maple trees (I had hoped to harvest a bunch of sap to make my own syrup this year. Unfortunately the weather has been too mild to produce a good sap flow), I noticed a pile of concrete blocks, which were once the walls of the horse barn, covered in moss. Perfect! The Boy and his big, muscular arms loaded up a moss-covered block for me to bring home for our project.

Yesterday we filled our baby food jars with a layer of pea rock (or in our case, aquarium rock), a little dirt, a piece of moss and a sprinkle of water. So simple yet so perfect of a project for preschoolers. 

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  1. I am in the midst of many baby food jars. Thanks for the idea! Thank for sharing with Repurposed Ideas Weekly.


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