How to Create a Worm Farm with Kids
Kids love all things creepy and crawly, which is why they are the perfect people to help you create a worm farm. A worm farm is ideal for anyone who wants nutrient rich soil but may not have room for a compost bin. Creating your worm farm is easy; you just need a few supplies and some little helping hands. Take a look below at how to create a worm farm with kids to get started!
1. Pick the perfect container.
A plastic bucket with lid makes the perfect container. You want something roomy as well as air tight. A lid will help keep the bucket dark which worms love. Once you find the perfect container, give kids some markers and let them personalize it with their own drawings.
2. Make some worm beds.
Explain to kids how worms love a cozy bed just like they do. Shred up newspaper to place in the bucket. Black and white newspaper works best. You can then spray the bedding with a spray bottle to dampen it. As you can see, these are easy jobs for kids. Once the bedding is made, add some gardening soil and give it all a good mix.
3. Find your worms.
This is the part that kids love. You can now go searching for worms to add to your bucket. You want to use red worms. If you can only find earthworms they will work, they just won’t be as effective. Search damp and dark spots in the yard for your worms, or if you have to snag some at a local bait shop. You can even find Red Worms on Amazon! This is also a great time to talk to kids about how to handle the worms. Talk about how important it is to be gentle and respectful of them. You don’t want to injure the worms or cause any stress or damage to them.
4. Feed the worms.
Have kids save their fruit and veggie peels and scraps to feed the worms. This is a fun way for them to care for the worms while also finding a use for the scraps. Let kids add scraps to the worm farm daily, as a single worm can easily eat half its weight in a few days.
5. Circulate the farm.
Give kids a garden trowel to turn the bedding over and around once per week. This will help add some air and oxygen to the farm which the worms will need. In time, the worms will turn the scraps and paper into rich soil perfect for your plants.
Give these tips for creating a worm garden with kids a try and see how easy it is to make one for yourself.