DIY Terrariums for Kids
By Jill Dubien, Meet the Dubiens
Apr 20, 2015
Spring is here and many people are anxious to get started on their gardens—both inside and outside. I love filling the inside of my home with greenery. Kids can learn how to care for living plants by making their own terrariums, plus they can use their own toys and decorations to give each terrarium an extra special touch!
What You’ll Need
- Glass bowl
- Potting soil
- Small rocks
- An assortment of small indoor plants
- An assortment of decorations and toys—we used toadstool mushrooms, plastic dinosaurs, moss, grassy rocks and craft birds. Other favourites include larger rocks, coloured sand, mini garden gnomes and fairies, other plastic animals, etc. Let your kid pick out whatever he or she wants to give the terrarium an extra special touch.
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How To Make It
1. Fill the bottom of your glass bowl with small pebbles—about 2–3 inches high. This allows for proper drainage.
2. Fill the glass bowl with potting soil about ¾ of the way up.
3. Pick an assortment of small indoor plants and plant 2–3 plants in each terrarium. Leave a small space at the front of the bowl empty so that your child can fill it with special decorations of their choice.
4. Let your child fill their terrarium with special objects of their choice.
5. Place your terrarium in a sunny indoor spot and water when soil becomes dry. Do not over water or saturate the soil with water.
Making a terrarium with your kids is a great way to teach them some responsibility about how to care for living plants and also gives them the creative freedom to make it just how they want. Have fun!
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