Last week with help from a friend, we rescued our worm bin from our classroom. My kids were excited to learn about what worms do for the soil. They learned that when worms break up food and organic matter such as leaves and small twigs they add nutrients to the soil such as nitrogen. This helps plants grow. We also talked about how worms can help us recycle our food scraps and turn them into fertilizer for our plants. The nitrogen worms add to the soil acts like plant food.
As soon as the worms came to our house we searched around our garden for organic waste to give them. We found dead leaves we were going to put in the compost and threw them in. We also pulled up old plants from plant pots and put them into the mix. While we did this we looked at different roots.
When we stirred up the worms we noticed there were hundreds of new babies. We talked about the life cycle of a worm. We also started to think about what else we could feed the worms!
If you would like to make a mini worm bin at home here is how. There is even an observation sheet so you can write down what you notice in your worm bin over a couple of days. Here is also a story you can watch on youtube called: Diary of a Worm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y6Mtll5b0w
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.