Mini Terrariums

I made these with my son Dan in lockdown and some of them are still alive and healthy!

To make some terrariums you will need:

  • Glass jars with lids
  • sand and/or gravel (optional)
  • earth
  • moss
  • pebbles, twigs, etc for decoration
  • water spray bottle (or just water)

Put in the sand or gravel first if you them, then the earth, then moss and decorate with pebbles and twigs if you like. Spray or sprinkle some water over the moss and put the lid on the jar. Put the terrariums somewhere you can enjoy them!

To care for the terrarium, occasionally open the jar and add fresh water if needed.

Halloween Lanterns

Halloween Lanterns


These look great, are so simple and if you use water based paint you can wash the jars and use them again for something else!

How to make glass jar Halloween lanterns

You will need:

  • Glass jars
  • Orange paint
  • Paint brush
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Fairy lights, small led lights or candles to light up the lanterns
  1. Use the masking tape to make eyes, noses and mouth shapes on the lanterns – sharp edges can look more spooky 👻
  2. Cover the jars with orange paint on the outside only (inside and the paint may burn if you use candles)
  3. After the paint has dried remove the masking tape and put your lights or candles inside.

Make your own medicine jars!

I made these jars to help make taking medicines easier and more enjoyable 🙂

They are great as have quite a lot of space and it’s easy to see what’s inside. If you live with other people you can have your own jars so the medicines don’t get mixed up and you can put them somewhere where they are easy to see so you don’t forget to take the medicine and they are decorative so nice to look at!

How to make some medicine jars

You will need:

  • Clean jars (if it’s hard to get the labels off, you can try soaking them in water and/or boiling them). if you have a few, choose which ones best fit the shape of the medicine packets and feel nice to open and close.
  • pens that can write on glass

Then just draw nice patterns or a picture on the jar and fill with your medicine!

Home schooling calendar sticker legend

Here’s our home schooling calendar sticker legend – many ideas inspired by family, friends and the Internet! Going to try and do the core curriculum ones on every weekday, with days off on weekends / holidays.

Make your own calendar sticker legend with your kids!

All you need is:

  • A piece of card or paper
  • small round stickers (if white can colour them in 🙂 ) or coloured pens
  • pens and/or pencils

If your children suggest what to add to the list and make the legend, they *might* be more enthusiastic about actually doing the activities.

The Most Important Thing

When I was walking with Dan to school the other day, we were talking about him cycling home on his own and I said, “Be careful, keep looking around for cars and people – Observation – that’s the most important thing!”

Dan said, “No it’s not!” I said, “Yes it is – what’s more important than observation?”

He replied, “Love!”

Make a pop-up Love Card for someone you care about ❤︎

All you need is:

  • paper or card
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • pens or pencils

It will brighten the day of whoever you give it to!

Perfect

While staying with my family in the UK this summer, I was rather taken with this translation of the Upanishads by Shree Purohit Swami and W. B. Yeats which I found on my stepdad’s book shelf. Especially the first few lines:

That is perfect. This is perfect. Perfect comes from perfect. Take perfect from perfect, the remainder is perfect.

May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.

Sometimes I find it hard to see perfection in everything, but never hard to see in my son Dan!

What do you see as perfect?

Origami Food

I made Dan some food from origami paper for his kitchen. He also likes bringing out this food when we eat and putting it on the table.

food

Make your own origami food!

All you need is –

  • origami paper (or some kind of coloured paper – could colour in some white paper or cut some out of newspapers, magazines, etc)
  • scissors
  • glue or tape or folding skills