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Mini Rainforest Terrariums

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As we finish up our Explore the Rainforest theme with Experience Preschool, we created mini rainforest terrariums for the children to observe and care for.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

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Make Your Mini Terrarium

This is a very simple terrarium for young children to make. My practicum student presented this as her activity for her class so it was very hands off for me personally. She did a great job working one on one with each child to make their project. It went quite fast and wasn’t as messy as you might expect!

We put a small amount of rocks in a cup for the child to transfer to the 4″ pot. Then they added moss and potting soil.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

After adding a small plant, the child sprayed the plant with a little water to give it a small drink.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

The youngest two (15 months & 21 months) were also able to participate and were thrilled to use the spray bottle.

spraying a plant

They needed a little help but that’s okay!

spraying plant

Next we added a plastic pot on top to make a little terrarium.

making Mini Rainforest Terrariums

The children helped tape the pot together or held the top so it could be taped.

making Mini Rainforest Terrariums

They were so proud to take their mini rainforest terrariums to the the science shelf to sit in the light.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

We could see moisture in the terrarium, creating a warm wet environment for the plant.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums
Mini Rainforest Terrariums

I wouldn’t have minded keeping them here for a few days but everyone was anxious to take them home.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

Hopefully the parents will help keep the little plants alive with a little bit of water as needed.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

Read this article about making terrariums with children on NASA Climate Kids.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

I love teaching children about plants and gardening! The rainforest terrariums were a wonderful way to wrap up our Explore the Rainforest theme.

Mini Rainforest Terrariums

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