Plant an Insectivorous Terrarium
Boys might wrinkle their noses at the thought of gardening, but we guarantee they'll like this plant activity! Ever heard of carnivorous plants like the Venus Flytrap? Also called insectivorous, these plants typically grow in nutrient-poor soil and must prey on insects for the nutrients they need to grow. House a few of these tiny terrors in a recycled jar with a bit of sweet fruit inside to attract bugs. For the boy who prefers creepy over cute, this terrarium is a must!
Often native to bogs and similar habitats, most carnivorous plants require abundant light and water. Sundews and bladderworts like high humidity and can tolerate dimmer light. Venus fly traps prefer lower humidity and more sun, and also need to be dormant each winter (keep them in the refrigerator). Carnivorous plants are also sensitive to chemicals—water them with rainwater rather than tap water whenever possible.
What You Need:
- Glass jar with a wide mouth
- Collection of small carnivorous plants (make sure to pick plants that require similar care)
- Potting soil mixture high in sand and vermiculite
- Sphagnum or peat moss