Thank you for your thoughts on my post on Monday. I always love hearing your wise words and I'm working on responding to the comments (something I fail miserably at everyday). I briefly mentioned the craft the kiddos did and I thought I'd share a few more about the details that went into it. My goal with this craft was for the kids to have fun first and foremost, but also not to send the kids home with just more stuff that their moms would have to find a place for. Hopefully these little mermaid sea terrariums will be on display for some time. I also have a grown up, more sophisticated version of the sea terrarium up at Making It Lovely. Please go check it out if you have a chance. So here is what you'll need if you want your kids to make their own sea life terrariums.
Supplies: Sand (I used play sand that's you get in a 10lb bag at the hardware store for $5 - it proved to be the perfect consistency and really looks the most like ocean sand); succulents that remind you of seaweed and sea-life; succulent type ground cover to represent algae; some sea shells and pretty rocks and stones (I found all of mine at Michael's in their floral section. Each bag was under $4), and if you wish, these fun miniature mermaids that are actually cocktail drink markers. What? Don't judge, you try finding miniature plastic mermaids that would have been suitable. They come all colorful and bright, and I made a deal with Taylor that I could spray paint half of them white and leave the other half the cheery bright colors. It was a hard sell but I achieved it. Oh, and you'll need mason jars of course for the vessels! I used quart size with the wide mouth so the kids would have an easier time reaching in.
MIL post. So just beware that these will not last forever.
So far they're doing great though and both Syd and Taylor have theirs on display in their rooms. We've long been fans of succulents and if you'd like to see some of my other work with them, see this post about succulent planting tips and this post for creating your own succulent centerpiece. And here's a sneak peek at the grown up version I created over at MIL.