Some of my favourite memories as a child involved playing in the mud. Squishing it between my toes, making mud pies, or digging in it. I absolutely loved it.
This weekend while I started some pretty massive yard work, part of which involved moving some bricks that had been separating my garden area from my yard. It was hot, and the work was harder than my lazy self thought it was going to be. I pulled up one brick and noticed the fat end of a worm working his way down to dirt.
That was the end of the yard work. I suddenly had a flash back to a daycare idea I had – creating a Worm Farm. A way for kids to study what it is that worms do and how they do it. I spent the next few hours with Ibrahim digging in the dirt in search of worms.
Fast forward to this morning where I had everything I needed to set up this little experiment.
We started off by putting a layer of rocks in the bottom of a clear vase. The rocks are supposed to help with air circulation…or something like that. I don’t know…I just put them there.
Next, I put alternate layers of dirt and sand – this is so that (eventually) the kids will be able to see how the worms mix the soil up.
We topped it off with some finely chopped banana peel (worms need to eat you know!) and our worms.
After we checked it out and made a few observations, we covered it in black construction paper. Why? Because worms generally don’t like the light and would burrow into the center of the vase and now let us see what they’re doing! By covering the vase, they will (hopefully) stay closer to the edges and we can study their movements over the next few days/weeks. 🙂