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Step 1: Gather the Supplies

  • glass fish bowl (or other glass container)
  • small rocks or pebbles
  • organic soil
  • organic plants
  • small plastic dinosaurs
  • spray bottle

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Step 2: Add the Rocks

Let your child add a layer of rocks to the bottom of the fish bowl. I suggest about an inch thick to allow for drainage.

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Step 3: Add the Soil

Let your child add a couple of inches of organic soil on top of the rocks. Then, dig a couple of small holes to plant the plants in.

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Step 4: Add the Plants

I took my son to the nursery and let him pick out an assortment of organic succulents to plant in his terrarium. Let your child place a plant in each of the holes and add more soil until the plants’ roots are covered and the plant is secure.

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Step 5: Add the Dinosaurs

Let your child add a couple of dinosaurs to the zen terrarium garden. My son recommends that you put dinosaurs that traveled together in a herd to make it realistic and all. Ha!

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Step 6: Spritz the Garden

Let your child use a spray bottle to clean the inside of the glass and also to water the garden.

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Step 7: Enjoy

We picked a bright spot in my son’s bedroom to place his terrarium — it has been in this spot for several months and the plants are doing amazing. The best part, it takes very little water to keep the plants alive, and it brings a little nature inside his bedroom.