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child's terrariumGot a kiddo who's driving you stir crazy on a rainy day? Or maybe you just have a budding botanist in the family. Either way, this kid's terrarium from National Geographic is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.

Have a responsible child run down to the basement and dig out that old fishbowl... you know, the one you bought after you won that goldfish at the county fair? Wash it out with soap and water, then rinse well. While it's drying, gather the rest of your materials:
  • potting soil
  • horticulture soil
  • small stones
  • plants of your choice
  • scissors
  • water
  • decorative figure of your choice (a Polly Pocket? Ben 10? Let them decide.)
Visit National Geographic Kids for details on the how-to of this nifty terrarium, but basically you're going to layer the stones, then the charcoal, then the potting soil. Put your plants in the dirt, decorate, and place in a sunny place! Leave it to your children to prune the plants as necessary... responsibility is good for them!

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Terrarium ideas for inspiration(click thumbnails to view gallery)


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  • Will

    One of the best things about this terrarium and how it is children friendly is that it has the oopening on the side (ala cookie jar). This makes it very comfortable for children to reach into when planting and making it, and when pruning/caring for the plants. Very nice. I have been thinking about doing something like this on my terrarium website:

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