My family loves terrariums and succulents. We have several throughout our home including these large recycled glass versions. However, my son really wanted one for his bedroom in our new home. Terrariums are super easy and fun to make with children -- they are so simple in fact that your child can do all of the work himself. They are also super low maintenance, teach your child responsibility (they need to be watered), they're a great conversation piece, and they look amazing while providing fresh air. Every time we have friends and family members over they always check out the terrariums!
You can use any glass container to create a zen terrarium for your children. I suggest checking your recycling bin and kitchen cabinets. We had an old fish bowl and decided it would make a fun terrarium, especially for a kids room -- it has a whimsical shape that just screams childhood. Everything else you can find in your garage or potting shed. Read on to learn how to make a miniature dinosaur zen garden with your kids and get your hands dirty with them this week.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.