A Terrarium – A Recycling Craft For Children

As a young kid preparing for my school’s science fair, my Dad and I created terrariums to demonstrate rain. We arranged some dirt, plants, moss, and rocks in an old fish tank, dug a little “pond” in the middle, and covered the tank with clear plexiglass. After several hours, the water from the pond would evaporate, form condensation, and finally, droplets of water on the inside surface of the plexiglass that would slowly drop like rain back into the tiny microclimate.

When selecting your plants I recommend you make your Terrarium Workshops, or at least your first Terrarium, with only one particular type of carnivorous plant. The different species of plants have varying needs and caring properly for one type can kill another type.

I never thought about Terrarium workshop again until, as a grown up, I rediscovered them while shopping in my favorite garden center. There were all sorts of tiny plants. Some were miniature trees and some had tropical flair. Others had feathery fern-like foliage held daintily above arching stems.

If you do not have one of these glass cookie jars here are some guidelines for choosing an alternate container. Choose a large container that is glass or plastic (preferably clear plastic if the project is for younger children) and insure it has a very large mouth opening so little hands can reach easily into it. Then finally, choose something with an easily removable lid. This will allow you to cover it for a closed system but also to remove it if it is over watered.

If you wish to get pet iguanas, you should construct iguana habitats first. Keep in mind that these animals tend to grow quickly, so using a small cage will not do. In fact, an iguana can quickly outgrow a fifty-five-gallon tank during its first year; and in two years or so, it will reach its adult size. So, you need to get a tank or terrarium that can accommodate a six-foot or seven-foot reptile. If you insist on using a small cage, the iguana might try to break out. As a result, it can break its nose and claws.

Know that the bigger the lizard is the harder it becomes to keep them as pets. These types of animals really require large environments. Handling issues and many other factors can be involved with these kinds of animals.

Sometimes if the pet owner doesn’t clean the cage properly, the Bearded Dragon will stop eating until it’s done to his liking. Clean the terrarium out really good and put a fresh supply of water and foods in it to see if it starts eating again.

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