Rainy Day Activity: Building your own Terrarium!

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Rainy Day Activity: Building your own Terrarium!

Terrariums are shockingly quick and easy to make with a low investment and high reward. It’s a great activity to do with your children – their minds will soar away in imagination as they construct their own mini ecosystem.

Your local home & garden store should carry all the essentials needed to create your own terrariums.

YOU WILL NEED:

· A glass bowl or jar of any size
· Active charcoal (You can buy this at your local aquarium supply store.)
· Soil
· Plants of your choice
· Decorations – the options are endless: rocks, crystals, moss, miniature figurines, etc.

If you’re more of the adventurous type – an alternative to buying the plants in store is to go for a hike and dig some up. Select small plants in a variety of shapes and sizes, chances are they will thrive in the little eco system you create. This adds a wonderful discovery element for kids, increasing the learning factor and creating lasting memories.

HERE’S HOW:

1. Put a layer of pebbles in the bottom of the container. Make it about one inch thick. This will allow for good drainage.

2. Put a layer of activated charcoal right on top of the pebbles approximately one half inch thick. This will filter the water.

3. Put a layer of Sphagnum moss on top of the charcoal. Sphagnum moss is a dried and wiry material and what this does is act like a barrier so the soil does not slip down into the rocks at the bottom.

4. Put a layer of soil on the top of all of this. The layer should be at least two or three inches thick but you can vary this according to the size of your container.

5. Poke small holes into the soil and transplant your plants into the container.

6. Personalize your terrarium by placing decorations inside. Colourful stones, or miniature figurines will do the trick!

Et voila!

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