By Guest Editor: Galit Wainberg
If you are looking for an easy, fun and trendy Tu B'shevat activity for kids, then you'll want to take a look at this! Spread the fun and host a party where each child can make one.
Buying a terrarium can be expensive. It’s easy to make and a lot more fun! Just follow these easy DIY Steps and celebrate tu B'shevat in a trendy, decorative way. It’s also a great way to working on fine motor skills with your kids and to teach them about caring for plants and the earth.
What You'll Need
- Activated charcoal
- Large gravel
- Small gravel
- Zip Lock Bags
- Israelí flag
- Glass Bowl
Approx. Cost Of the Activity for 17 Jars $100
Divide the Large gravel, Small gravel, soil, sand and moss into equal amounts for each kid and store them in zip lock bags prior to the activity.
To Start building the terrarium we need to add the different types of soils and rocks layer by layer. * Drainage is really important, since it is a closed system, we need to get the moisture off of the roots. Start with the sand with a layer of ½ an inch to an inch. Next add the larger rocks, third the small gravel then the activated charcoal which helps keep the fungus and bad bacteria down, lastly the soil before adding the succulent.
Remove the succulents from its planter and break up the roots a little bit to help them to spread out instead of going in one direction. Place the succulent on top where the bottom of the succulent is sitting on the soil but it is still raised up about an inch or so. Add gravel around all the plants instead of adding soil, since moisture control is so important, the air space between the gravel is what allows it to dry quicker. Finally decorate with moss! You can even ask your kids to add small animal toys to decorate the terrarium.
Once it is ready just teach your kids to keep it alive! It is not that hard, just follow the instructions below.
How to take care of my Terrarium:
- Water only once the soil is completely dry (approximately once every 7-10 days) make sure there is no water puddling at the bottom.
- Leave your terrarium in a place where it can enjoy plenty of bright indirect light and fresh airflow
Happy Tu B'Shevat