This month my son has been working on his Naturalist Activity Badge for his Webelos Den. One of the items on there is to make a terrarium/aquarium and keep it for 1 month. I didn’t feel like feeding any animals, so I talked my son into doing a terrarium with no animals.
Here are all the components to making this terrarium. It is a little pricey just to warn you. The container was a pretzel container that we saved. The pricey items were the plants and the activated charcoal, which you can get at a pet store I learned. The charcoal is behind the plastic container.
First step is to pour in the gravel to allow air to circulate through.
My son had to go back and consult his manual. He did this project all on his own. In fact, I had to stop him for a moment so that I could snap some shots to share with you.
Next up is the activated charcoal. I bought a small container which cost me about $11. You sprinkle the charcoal on the gravel.
Because the plants were a little pricey ($6.50 each), I only bought two, but they were enough for the container.
All the sites that I checked about building a terrarium recommends using succulents. I made sure that they were indoor plants. After the charcoal, we put in the soil and the plants.
After my son had put in the plants, he ran to the garden and grabbed some rocks and placed them inside as well. He also placed a plastic lion in there for a little fun. Make sure you mist the plants a couple of times and then put the lid on. Other sites suggest that if your container gets foggy, to open the lid to let out some of the moisture. This was a fun project for him. He took it to scouts to explain it to his other fellow cub scouters how it works. His little brother even wanted in on the terrarium.
Good luck with yours.