Our kids love gardening. We decided to add a new decorative element inside the house with this Easy DIY Rainforest Inspired Container Garden.
This is a fun and easy project that gives children and adults instant gratification. These plants are easy to care for and add a fun decorative feature for the classroom or home. This also makes a great gift!
You will need:
- A selection of plants that would grow in a rainforest. We used: The Peace Lily (Spahiphyllum friedrichstahlli), a Fern, and a Zebra Plant
- Container large enough for your selection of plants
- Moss (dried)
- Kids’ gardening gloves (optional)
Add some soil to your planter. This is a fun thing for children to do. It should be enough soil to fill the container by about two thirds, leaving enough room for the plants you purchased. Have a child dig a hole in the center of the planter with a trowel for your focal plant. Then, plant the focal plant in the hole and smooth the soil around it. Do this with your remaining plants. We used three, but you can use more or less depending on the size of your container. Our container was re-purposed and already full of soil. We had bulk moss left from a fairy themed baby sprinkle a few years ago. It has come in handy for lots of projects!
Have the children water the plants so that they are moist but not too wet. Then, have them spread the moss all around the plants. This looks pretty and also helps keep the plants moist underneath. Children in a classroom or at home can care for their container garden.
Here are some more rainforest themed educational activities by the #TeachECE team.
- Phonemic Awareness Activity: Rainforest Animal Slide by Growing Book by Book
- Find the Hidden Preschool Letters-Rainforest Alphabet Game by Learning to Walk
- Rainforest Matching Activity for Preschoolers by Life Over C’s
- Leaf Cutter Ant Craft by Still Playing School
- Rainforest Fine Motor Activities by Munchkins and Moms
- Rainforest Tree Frog Math Games by The Preschool Toolbox