I was browsing some of the springtime activities posted on the CBC Parents website and I just had to share these adorable DIY Terrariums for Kids! These were created by Jill Dubien (view her blog Meet the Dubiens). There are so many different ways to make these fun and to suit your kids’ personal interests! Princess, dinosaurs, construction vehicles, Lego, you name it!
Most of the supplies can be found at the dollar stores and/or thrift stores making it a very budget friendly activity that’s also a nice way to let your kids contribute to the “decor” of your home without a lot of glitter and macaroni. I have a couple of these glass bowls sitting around already from a project I never ended up doing many moons ago so I will definitely be trying these out with my kids!
DIY Terrarium For Kids
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.
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!