Do bugs make you squeamish, or do your kids delight in creepy crawlies and playing in the dirt? Worms are a favorite among children who like to get their hands dirty. They may seem gross, but worms play an important part in healthy soil and kids actually love them. Your kids will have a lot of fun with these free printables and worksheets about earthworms.
If you have a garden I am sure your kids have come across worms. My kids actually enjoy digging their hands in the dirt to find them. They will dig them out of the ground just to move them into our garden because they know they are good for the soil. I have one daughter who loves creatures so much that she will cry if she finds one shriveled up on the sidewalk. She is always wanting to rescue them and move them back to the dirt.
Fun Facts About Worms:
- Worms do not have eyes, they can actually “see” light by the receptor cells on their skin.
- They are sensitive to light and need to be in cool dark soil.
- Their poop is called castings, because they cast it out of their body.
- Worms do not have lungs and they breathe through their skin
- They have FIVE hearts.
- The hairs on their body help them to move and cling to things. It is like velcro and why it can be hard to pull them out of the ground.
You can teach your kids more about these beneficial creatures with these free printables and worksheets:
Composting with Worms
You can take your kids love for worms a step further and turn it into a real science project. Did you know that worm compost or worm castings made from worm poop is amazing for garden soil? Their poop actually creates soil!
This is called vermicomposting and it is a pretty amazing process. Vermicomposting is also a great way to not waste your food scraps and put them to good use. Building and construction a worm bin would be a great STEAM project for your kids too.
Check out these articles and lesson plans to help your kids get started:
If your kids truly enjoy learning about insects we have an awesome printable pack for you:
Insects, Worms, Snails & Spiders Life Cycles Cut & Paste Activity Pack – this pack will have your kids learning about 13 different life cycles of insects. It is an instant download.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!