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.