October first and as I write this the geese are flying low overhead honking to each other as they keep that v-formation. They seem to know exactly when my internal barometer is just precisely ready to embrace the cooler mornings, the chilly evenings, the dulling landscape of the marshes on the outskirts of the river.
This is the first true season change for us on this little hill; we moved in at the end of May as so I barely noticed as we slipped from Spring into Summer because I was so consumed with all things unpacking.
In our efforts to take a bit of this past season with us into the winter, we made a few moss terrariums. I had of course seen the idea on the internet; i immediately liked the idea of a bit of green bottled from our backyard; a little bit of a reminder next February, when the days are snowy and edging on infinite, that hope springs eternal; and that even when it seems like the world has stopped spinning and left us in the dead of winter, the hard work has started behind the scenes and before we know it, we’ll be sitting on a carpet of green again, staring up into the canopy of leaves that bring us so many stories.
This was a very easy activity for pre-schoolers. I used tin foil pans and laid out the ingredients for the jars on the table. I completed one so June could see the order (although she did end up laying the items in a bit of a mishmash and I’m sure that’s ok too; the nice thing about moss is isn’t too picky). My 1.5 year old loved playing with the pan of pebbles. All around it was a great activity for all ages. If you don’t have moss in your area (or access to a park where you can take a small square from), you can order it on etsy (cant you just everything on there!)
What you will need:
Clear glass jar (I used mason jars)
Pebbles - I found a bag of aquarium gravel in the pet section that worked nicely
Rocks or trinkets to decorate it.
I saw some tutorials that recommended a glass cleaner for the inside of the jars to prevent fogging. Some other tutorials also recommended using charcoal, the kind you use in fish tanks to help with added filtration.
I have read a few different pieces advice concerning care for the terrariums. We are going to keep the lid on ours and water it once a week. I’ll let you know if this works.