Bring nature into your home with this fun and easy terrarium project.


  • Mason jar or container (can even be a tea cup!)

  • Pebbles or gravel

  • Aggrevated charcoal (optional)

  • Moss (optional) 

  • Potting soil (such as cactus succulent blend)

  • Small succulent

  • Polished rocks

  • Figurines (optional but fun!)


  1. Pour 1/2" of pebbles into the base of the jar for drainage.

  2. Add a layer of charcoal to act as a purifying agent. 

  3. Break up the moss into pieces and tuck them in to line the jar. 

  4. Add a layer of soil.

  5. It's time to add the succulents. You can use small cuttings. Prior to planting, remove extra dirt around the roots and dead leaves at the plant base. Make a small hole in the soil and gently tuck the roots into the hole. 

  6. Tap more soil around the plant.

  7. Add polish rocks around the edge for a finishing touch.

For projects for younger kids, look for Nigel the koala. 

BIG hint! You'll find Nigel in What's different? • Play portal • We Puzzle Together for Tots

Star indicates multi-activity project

Donations keep us going!

  • Facebook
  • Instagram


This website contains links to YouTube videos and other websites. By setting parental controls you can restrict what your child watches. 

Review activities to be sure they are appropriate for your child. Projects vary in difficulty.

We maintain the intellectual property rights on the website content. Use is granted for limited individual use only and not for reproduction or use for financial gain by users.

Contact us for permission for use for additional rights. Resources are for personal, educational, and instructional use only. Many of the illustrations are sourced through a paid subscription to with licensed use.

Click here to read about personal privacy, disclaimers, warranties and liabilities, and license to use.

Contact us by email:


We rely on donations to fund this resource. Please considering helping support our efforts with a contribution. Thank you!

© 2020 Patterson Design