What better to do on a rainy day than go on a worm hunt? My girls are loving these slimy little creatures lately so we found a way that we could keep a few as "pets" for a while. To make your own worm farm you need just a few basic things:
- an empty 2 liter bottle (or something similar in size)
- small rocks
- black construction paper
Start by cutting off the top of your bottle (of course, this is a parent's job). I added some tape around the rim of the bottle so there were no sharp edges. I used a hole punch to make some air holes in the top piece, and I also left the cap off the top in the end. It would also be a good idea to make some holes for drainage in the bottom of the bottle (a step I didn't do this time, but will do next time since all the water seems to rise to the top and make a puddle that just sits).
The girls took turns adding the rocks to the bottom for drainage, then about a 2 inch layer of sand, and finally 2 inch layer of soil (just from our garden). We repeated with another layer of sand and dirt until we were pretty close to the top of the cut bottle.
Don't forget to put in some worms with those layers of dirt. We just used the ones that were wiggling around under our soil. We also added some small pieces of banana peel in the middle to decompose and give food to the worms.
This is how the final product looked after taping the top of the bottle back onto the base, although I decided to remove the bottle cap to allow for more air flow. Then I took some black construction paper and wrapped it around the bottle. Daylight is not a worm's friend, so the dark paper helps to simulate their natural habitat.
After a couple of days we were able to remove the black paper and see what the worms had been up to. We could see several of them making their way through their new home. The girls love their new little pets. We just make sure that the soil stays nice and moist and give them extra fruit peels every few days.
What garden friends do your kids love?