Monday, July 11, 2011

How to Make a Toad Habitat

The boys and I have just returned from a visit to Texas. We spent time with lots of friends and family.  It was so good!  One fun thing we did with my mom was build a Toad Habitat.  I thought I would share it as it is a fun activity that you can do with kids and they add whimsy to a garden.

Meet Brandon
We added pavers around a large bush and then filled it with soil.

The boys spread the soil out.  Toads like shady areas with moist soil.

Next we added shelter.  Mom nestled a terracotta pot into the soil.  She sort of scooped it in there so that there would be soft soil inside the pot.  We then added broken pieces of pottery to partially block the entrance to provide some security and more shade.

A little grass was added and a shallow dish with water. More broken pottery was placed up to the "doorway" to look like stepping stones.  Gabriel built a little fence with sweet gum balls.  We also tucked dried leaves inside each house.  The toads like to hide down under those as well.

Cute, huh?  We lightly sprinkled the habitat with water to keep it moist.

Brandon approves!

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