Horton Hears a Who!

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Now that you've explored the book and the film, it's time to get creative!

Explore the following activities and choose some that sound interesting to you.



  • Design a device that Horton can use to protect the Whos. Stay environmentally friendly by making your device out of recycled material.


  • As a class, make a map of the Jungle of Nool, the clover patch and other locations featured in Horton’s world. (You could use an interactive whiteboard or sheets of butchers’ paper.)
  • Draw your own map of Whoville adding memorable features. You can then compare your Whoville maps with other students and discuss the decisions you made.

Create a miniature garden!

Have you ever seen a miniature garden like this? It's called a terrarium.

Horton Hears a Who! encourages us to think more carefully about the world we live in and to take care of vulnerable creatures and places. You can explore this idea by learning how to care for your own miniature garden, known as a terrarium.

Working in groups you can build terrariums out of recycled plastic bottles. Each group will need:

  • a large plastic drink bottle (2Lor 1.25L) with a lid

  • gravel

  • charcoal

  • potting mix

  • small house plants or seedlings (ask your local nursery for plant ideas)

  • a Stanley knife (to be used by a responsible adult)

  • tape

  • water

NOTE: This activity is best run over a number of weeks to allow the seeds time to germinate and grow.

Putting the Terrarium Together

  • Cut the top off the bottle and set aside. 

  • Place a 2 cm layer of gravel or pebbles on the bottom of the terrarium, followed by a thin layer of charcoal to help filter the terrarium water.

  • Next, add a 5 cm layer of soil. Plant the seeds, leaving space for them to grow.

  • Place the top back on and seal with sticking tape.

  • Poke a few vent holes into the bottles lid to allow air flow.

Caring for your Miniature Garden

  • Water the soil when you first assemble the terrarium, place the lid on the terrarium and place it in a well-lit area, avoiding direct sunlight.

  • Only water the soil when it looks dry. Time between watering can be several weeks to over a month.

  • The mist you sometimes see is water vapour, and the water on the glass is condensation. As the plants grow they cover the soil, and less water evaporates.

  • Care should be taken handling potting mix.  Wear gloves and wash your hands when finished.

Source: Water Corporation West Australia


Prepared for ACMI Education by Susan Bye with contributions from Jonathan Baird


You have finished exploring Horton Hears a Who!

Next you might like to go back to the learning centre and explore another activity.