A rainforest terrarium is a mini-ecosystem made in a sealed container. It was by far our favorite Rainforest hands-on activity, and we hope to be able to enjoy it for many years. Are you ready to create your Rainforest Habitat? I hope you said yes because it’s awesome!
How to Make a Rainforest Terrarium
How to Make a Rainforest Terrarium with Kids
Tropical rainforests supply high amounts of oxygen that we breathe in daily, making them a vital part of this world. We need to share knowledge about the importance of rainforests to keep them alive and safe.
The Perfect Hands-On Activity for learning about a Rainforest
What you will need to make your Rainforest Terrarium with Kids is in this picture above and below. However, I have it displayed in list form towards the bottom of the page.
Have the children spritz the plants with water before planting. Add potting soil and plant your favorite mini tropical plants.
Don’t forget to have a variety of Rainforest animals to add to your terrarium. The Rainforest is filled with amazing creatures so this cool animal habitat won’t be complete without them.
By placing a lid on your terrarium, it becomes a self-sustaining environment, and you and your children get a first-hand look at the water cycle.
Build a Mini Rainforest Terrarium
Large Jar, tank or bottle with lid (we bought this one at Walmart)
Activated Carbon/Charcoal (find this at Amazon or Pet store)
Moss or Pistachio shells (we used a little of both)
Organic Potting soil
1-3 small tropical plants (my favorite is the Palm, but any mini tropical plant works great)
Layer your DIY Rainforest Terrarium:
Add 1 inch of pebbles to the bottom of the planter.
Add a single layer of activated carbon. This will filter the water and help with clarity.
Add a layer of moss and /or pistachio shells.
Plant your rainforest:
Add a little bit of potting soil
Plant small tropical plants. (My favorite is the palm)
Add fresh moss to the top of the soil.
Decorate with a few rainforest creatures
Lightly Spray a little bit of water on your terrarium plants.
Place a sealed Lid on your terrarium
Place your terrarium where you can enjoy it and it will get indirect sunlight.
Visit The Rainforest Activities Page for more Information and Ideas for Kids.
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