Terrariums are miniature worlds to grow plant ecosystems. They are usually grown in transparent containers such as glass jars or containers. In our Terrarium workshop, you would get to build your very own terrarium from scratch and also learn about the scientific processes that allow terrarium plants to survive. You would get to bring your terrarium home and display it anywhere you like! Terrariums help to add a fun touch of greenery to your surroundings, especially since you can decorate it with coloured sand, pebbles and miniature figurines of your choice!
Terrarium Fun Fact
Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward developed of the first terrarium in 1842, which became known as Wardian Cases. These terrariums were shaped like miniature greenhouses with beams made of wood and glass inserts in the roof, and these were originally used to transport live plants over long journeys across the world.
Closed terrariums require much lower maintenance than regular potted plants, so they are the perfect beginners’ introduction to caring for plants, even if you don’t have green fingers!
Cacti are recommended to be planted into open terrariums and not closed terrariums. This is because they naturally survive on very little water, and the wet climate of a closed terrarium would not be suitable for cacti to survive
1 hour to 1.5 hours
A class of 30-40 students would be perfect for our professionally-trained instructors to conduct the Physical Terrarium workshop! Otherwise, an unlimited number of students can participate in our Virtual Terrarium workshop (over Zoom or any other video-conference platforms).
Primary & Secondary School Students (Ages 8 & Up!)
About the Programme
The Terrarium workshop is a great way to get kids interested in caring for their own plants and teaching them the values of responsibility and ownership. They would be introduced to the basics of terrariums and the science behind its self-sustaining ecosystem that allows plants to thrive within a closed bottle. They will also learn more about plants and the water cycle, which links closely to the textbook syllabus and would help them to retain this information better through the first-hand experience observing these science processes up close.
The hands-on portion of the Terrarium workshop would allow the students to use gravel, moss, soil, plants and decorations to create their own mini ecosystems in the provided glass bottles. Our instructors would also provide tips and tricks on caring for a terrarium.
A theory session would be conducted by our instructors for students to better understand the functions of a terrarium. This theory session would also cover the scientific processes which occur within a closed terrarium, such as photosynthesis, respiration and the water cycle.
Every student who attends the Terrarium workshop would get to bring their terrarium home and display it anywhere they want.