A Seasonal Terrarium

Grade Levels: 2 - 4

Watch the changes of the seasons from winter to spring with a seasonal terrarium.


  • Quart jars (use pint jars to complete the project on a smaller scale)
  • Potting soil
  • Varieties of seeds
  • Crushed ice


  1. Lead a brainstorming discussion about the changes present as winter gives way to spring.
  2. Put the children in groups of four and provide each group with a jar.
  3. The groups add potting soil to about 1/3 full.
  4. Sprinkle seeds, then add another 1/4" of potting soil.
  5. Add crushed ice to about 1" deep.
  6. It is now winter in the seasonal terrarium.
  7. Put a lid on the terrarium and place it in a sunny window. The children should watch and, if you wish, journal the changes beginning with the melting snow, which waters the tiny seeds. Within a few weeks, the warmth and moisture will encourage seedlings to creep cautiously upward. Eventually spring will come to the terrarium with tall, viable plants.

Excerpted from Themes Across the Curriculum.

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