There are few better ways to teach kids important lessons about responsibility than giving them something of their own to look after, and a terrarium kit offers a simple solution that will involve far fewer tears than an ill-fated guinea pig! With so many styles, themes, and plants to choose from, we’ve narrowed things down to our top 10 best terrarium kits for kids age 9-13.
Whether they want to explore space-themed plants, grow their own pizza herbs, or paint a beautiful underwater landscape, look no further than our top ten.
What’s here: The list is our handpicked selection of the best terrarium kits for kids, with a range of themes, prices, and plants from the multitude of options available.
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It’s a simple design—a mason-style jar, a few seeds, and a mister to water them—but the real joy is in letting your kids design their own garden, with resin figures and a ton of stickers, including 45 glow in the dark ones. They’ll be checking their plants whenever they can, and learning along the way too.
The terrarium itself is pretty basic, but it comes with a fully-grown venus fly trap ready to amaze. Few plants are more exciting than this carnivorous flytrap and kids won’t believe that a plant can move so quickly. Check out the delivery conditions to make sure your plant is guaranteed live upon arrival.
The star of this kit isn’t the fun rainforest theme though but the variety of vigorous plants, that with proper care and attention will even outgrow the terrarium! Very colorful when in bloom, it’s spruced up further by the jungle stickers and plant labels.
Not only does it rock a great vintage bubblegum machine feel, but it’s a super simple all-in-one kit that your kids can decorate themselves. It comes with paint, a paintbrush, jewels, and plenty of underwater stickers. Kids will love decorating it as much as they’ll love their tiny new plants.
An award-winning set, it includes not only a terrarium but a host of other activities as well. Your kids can make their own rubber ball, learn about pollution, and even bake cookies using jungle ingredients. It’s a fine mix of science, art, and good old fashioned fun.
The jar is a good size and your kids get follow instructions on how to layer the sand, potting mix and charcoal correctly to get their seeds to grow. Seeing the layers and the roots through the side of the jar lets you easily see how the plants are getting on, and you’ll notice growth in just 3 or 4 days.
It combines knot-tying and plant-growing, two activities kids will really enjoy. First up, tie the 20 foot cord into a beautiful decorative pattern that will hold their lovingly-crafted terrarium, then layer up the mix and get planting! The included seeds are quick growing as well, so your little ones won’t have to wait long.
The hydroponics system is powered by a water pump and the strawberries are grown from seed in rock-wool, so there’s no soil and no mess. There’s a lot of science behind it but kids of all ages will love being able to taste the fruits of their labor.
With wild-colored sand, glow in the dark ‘asteroid chips’, and space-themed plants, this is the perfect set for any budding astronauts you may know. The four plant varieties come labelled and create some weird and wonderful shapes, and there’s a charming alien figurine thrown in for good measure.
Theme – Outer space
Plants included – Touch-me-not, cockscomb, marsh para cress seeds, and cacti seeds
Not only is this a paint your own kit that kids will have a blast decorating, but with the included herbs they will have all they need to make great-tasting pizza sauce too! All the seeds are USA harvested and easy to grow in the included coconut fiber pucks.
Theme – Pizza!
Plants included – Basil, parsley, and oregano seeds