As many of you know, I am a big fan of plants and gardening. While I consider myself an amateur at both, I love growing plants and spreading the joy by giving away some of my baby plants. For the past few years, I have had a little garden outside for growing our own food and expanded a bit this year, but my true love is succulents. With them being some of the easiest to grow and prorogate, I gave them away as gifts and enjoyed the challenge of making some of the rare ones grow from clippings. Due to how easy succulents are to care for, it is one of the reasons I love recommending creating terrariums for kids. When I was asked to review a new gardening book – A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids: Imagination-inspiring Projects to Grow a World in Glass by Patricia Buzo, I couldn’t wait to get started reading!
A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids: What Is It
Do you want to start gardening or caring for plants with your kids? If so, we think you will love A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids: Imagination-inspiring Projects to Grow a World in Glass by Patricia Buzo. Here is what the publisher has to say about this new book:
Design, plant, and grow a world of your very own—inside a terrarium! Including 15 unique, imagination-inspiring project plans, each accompanied by adorable, full-color photographs, kids and their grown-ups will discover how easy terrariums are to plant and grow.
Kids love to create, imagine, and have fun. Nothing fulfills all three of those desires quite like designing and planting a terrarium. With the step-by-step project instructions found in A Family Guide toTerrariums for Kids, the results are beautiful, inspiring, and confidence-building. Making these little landscapes develops motor skills, spacial awareness, and provides a wealth of sensory input. The science behind the art is included with quick and simple lessons on ecosystem functions, the water cycle, and plant nutrition. But for kids, it’s all about being active and building something cool! Plus, when the project is complete, there’s a piece of living art to share with family and friends or display on a bedroom shelf.
With the terrarium plans found in A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids, everyone in the family can tap their inner “science geek” to:
- Use multi-colored sand and succulents to craft a desert terrarium
- Plant, trim, and tend a terrarium bonsai tree
- Build a peat bog filled with carnivorous plants
- Make an aquatic terrarium, complete with a marimo moss ball “pet”
- Design a prehistoric garden of air plants
- Create a plant-filled habitat for a praying mantis
- Grow a Japanese garden with living rocks
With information on selecting the best terrarium container, growing materials, decorative elements, tools, and plants, readers are primed for success that lasts long after the terrarium has been built. Terrariums combine imagination and creativity with a dash of hands-on science. And you get to play in the dirt! What could be better than that?
A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids: Our Thoughts
After going through this book, I was very impressed with the book. It has so many gorgeous terrarium setups that parents can do with their kids. The book itself is colorful, easy to read, and goes through everything parents need to succeed at creating a fun project for your kids. Is it something you can hand to children and expect them to do most of the work? Well, that depends. If you are doing this with an older child, yes. A small child, no; parents better expect to do most of the work and make it a learning experience. I walked into the experience expecting s such though, so this wasn’t an issue in my eyes. It is a great way to create something beautiful with a step by step process that the whole family can enjoy. I also love that it goes into detail about plant selection and getting your materials, something that is important for creating your first terrarium. Overall, I found this to be a fun and entertaining book for projects for the entire family.
A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids: Where to Purchase
Want to purchase this book for yourself or someone you know? You can find A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids: Imagination-inspiring Projects to Grow a World in Glass on Amazon.com for under $20. Who knew gardening with your kids could be so easy?
Such a fun hobby, good guide!
Patricia Buzo says
Thank you so much!
Looks like a great book! It’s something I’ll suggest to my homeschooling friends!
Patricia Buzo says
I hope you love it! I wrote it with homeschooling in mind. I was homeschooled myself, so I know it’s a challenge to find activities that will be both fun and educational. Making terrariums is the perfect solution in my opinion, but I might be biased.
Patricia Buzo says
Thank you so much for your opinions and review, it means a lot!