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How to Make a Terrarium

Most of our activities at home are inspired by the boys’ interests. Ever since Teo saw a terrarium being sold in one of the bazaars that we went to, he wouldn’t stop asking me if we could make one.

After “researching” a.k.a. googling how to make one and gathering all the materials that was needed, I was finally ready to make this little green thumb’s dream come true.

Materials:

1. clear glass/plastic jar

2. Moss

3. Charcoal

4. Small stones/pebbles

5. Potting mix

6. A plant that can survive in a terrarium. Teo and I went to the local plant store and picked from the mini plants there.

7. Toys or decoration

Start with moss as the first layer. Be sure to press it down.

Then add some pebbles. About an inch.

Then a layer of charcoal.

Followed by 2 inches of potting mix. Use a trowel for this or a small spoon.

Make a hole in the middle and put in the plant. Make sure none of the leaves touch the sides of the jar. According to the plant center, the leaves will turn brown if this happens.

Use a wooden block/any sturdy thing that you have to press the potting soil down to compress it all together.

Add more moss.

Teo’s really getting into his planting groove here.

Top everything off with more pebbles and toys.

He loved that he could decorate the plant.

Water it generously.

And cover it up.

Happy Gardener Teo

Be sure to place your terrarium in a spot where it can be appreciated.

Update: It has been three weeks since we made this and the plant is still alive! It just needed to be watered after a week because it was looking dry. Teo hasn’t watered and removed the lid since then…or so he claims 🤔

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Seedlings Garden Fieldtrip

Brought Caleb plant shopping today.
We went to the Seedlings Garden to choose a plant that he could take care of.

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We checked out the plants and flowers that were for sale.
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Yes, he touched the water.

 

CALEB: That flower is so big!
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It wasn’t a busy day for the plant vendors in the Seedling Garden so Caleb was allowed to prune the plants.

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Water the plants…
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He had so much fun doing this, he didn’t want to stop.
Future gardener?  Maybe he will have a green thumb.
I certainly don’t. All the plants I touch die within 48 hours. Hahaha!

 

 

Here Caleb tried to imitate the clay frogs with their mouths open.
CALEB: Look Mommy! I have a big mouth like frog.

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Here he tried to touch the Koi that were being sold there as well.
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We were finally able to find a plant that could be taken care of easily.
Caleb helped the plant vendor to move the plant into a pot for us to bring home.

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He wanted to wash his hands after touching the wet soil.

He turned on the faucet all by himself.

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His feet got muddy,  so he had to wash it as well.
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While I was paying the plant vendor for the potted plant, Caleb made a friend.

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I wondered what they were playing with…
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It was a tiny leaf that they must have plucked out from one of the plants.

Well, I’m all for children creatively entertaining themselves 🙂