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Night Garden

The rains have arrived in Mumbai, and with them, they bring insects. A & A have been spotting many moths crowd around the light during nighttime. Needless to say they wanted to know who these tiny little creatures were.

I was only thrilled at their question, and quickly pulled out a book on insects. We browsed through the pages and they were fascinated by the pictures of insects. They recognized some that we see around the house and on the ground and thought that the stinky bug was the coolest of all.

After they were done with the book, I decided to extend their learning into something tangible. So we made a candle jar and called it “Night Garden”.


To make the candle jar, you need:

  • A glass bottle
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Sketch pens
  • A book with insect pictures
  • Glue
  • Glitter (optional)

I gave big A a tissue paper and showed her how to place it over the book. I demonstrated tracing an insect on the paper, and asked her to repeat the process with the other insects in the book.

Little A was feeling left out, so I gave him a green tissue paper and asked him to tear it to bits. Then, we put glue over the entire bottle and stuck the green paper bits on it to represent a garden. When big A was done with her drawings, I cut them out for her and then she glued them onto the jar. We spread glue over the empty spots and sprinkled glitter over the jar.

Finally, I put a tea light candle in the jar and lit it. And the reaction was “WOW”!

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We’ve placed the jar on the table, and once in a while, I point out to the insects and ask them to name it or recall a fun fact that we read in the book.

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