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24 June 2015

"Moss" Marshmallows, Edible Terrariums and Bugs, Bugs, BUGS!

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Each summer in our house, we like to have a Bug and Garden week.  Though bug-catching is a stalwart standard, I always try to switch up things just a bit.  Last year we made moss marshmallows for an edible terrarium activity, created a family of lady bugs and even planted a Venus fly trap!  Join me today as I share our activities!

This edible terrarium activity is a project inspired by Jenn at Rook 17's terrariums.  She makes the cutest little mushrooms for her Woodland Cake Terrarium version -- check it out HERE!  For our project, I wanted the moss rocks to be large and flat, so I used the "smore" marshmallows.

Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids

I layered chocolate yogurt and ground pecans in my edible terrarium jars for "dirt." 
Then added marshmallows and some fun miniatures that the "fairies" left behind when their gardening was complete.

Supplies:

Add about 1 cup of sugar to a plastic baggie. A little goes a LONG way with the professional Wilton food coloring, so add just the tip of a teaspoon to start and add more if needed.

Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids
Mix it up gently...
Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids

...and voila!
Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids
Lightly wet the marshmallows, then toss them in the bag until they are "moss" covered.

Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids

These little quilted jars were perfect for the miniature edible terrarium versions for the boys.

Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids

I let them use edible markers and craft knives to create "bugs" for their mini edible terrarium jars.

 (That knife set is under $3!)
Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids

Here is a little orange fella one of the boys made with lightning bolts for antennaes.

Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids

We also made stories using this tub of bug stickers as writing prompts:

Make an Edible Terrarium with Kids

You can see the rest of our activities & ideas from last year's Bug week RIGHT HERE
 Note the plastic canvas leftover from the plastic canvas challenge last year here at Crafts Unleashed

THIS year bug and garden week will look a LOT different with tropical island bugs and creatures to get to know.  I am thinking lots of stories of lost iguanas and perhaps science experiments to rid ourselves of noseeums once and for all! 


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