I remember one summer (way back when) my grandpa watched my brother and I a handful of times. I loved this time spent at my grandparents’ house. My grandpa was great at finding crafts, projects, anything to entertain us.
Some of the things we did when under my grandpa’s watchful eye were: shoot guns in his basement, search for hedge apple trees along country roads so we could make a bow for shooting, play bar (this included us sitting at his bar, pretending to drink out of our steins full of pop. My grandpa was the mayor, my brother was a cop, and I was the sheriff). So, you may be thinking these don’t sound like things kids should be doing. Trust me, there were many lessons learned during these adventures.
- Gun shooting – if you accidentally shoot a can of pop that is full and not part of target practice – it will explode.
- Hedge apple trees are what Indian’s used to make their bows back in the day.
- Playing bar? Well, this provided many lessons. How to keep up with the boys, how to handle yourself while at a bar, oh, and that’s where I learned about the birds and the bees (This story is a bit too long to explain :D).
So, you maybe thinking what on Earth does this have to do with a terrarium?!?!? I’m getting there…
One of the other projects we made were terrariums. We made our terrariums out of old Sprite bottles. We removed the base of the bottle, cut off the top, and used the bottom as the base. My brother and I got to customize our little terrariums. I added a wood house, a piece of plastic to act as a stream, and piece of wood for a bridge. We went outside gathered dirt and moss from under a tree. Our terrariums were awesome! I learned that the moisture that collected at the top of my container from being in the sun would “rain” on my little house, watering my moss. See, I told you we would get there.
Now, the terrarium I made is it a bit more grown-up, but you could definitely add little trinkets and such to your terrarium.
– Charcoal (I used two bricks)
– Pebbles (I used kitty litter because I had it on hand)
– Plants (I used little succulents)
Fill your jar with some pebbles (or kitty litter). Then, layer in some crushed charcoal. Next, pour in some dirt. Finish by planting your plant of choice!