Gardening Fun with Earthworms!
We stumbled across this awesome DIY earthworm habitat tutorial over at We-Made-That.com and thought it might make a fun project for you and your kinders to tackle this Earth Day! While they may seem small and insignificant, worms play an important role in creating rich soil and promoting plant growth. Not only do they eat soil, leaving behind nutrients that aid in plant growth, their tunneling also aerates the soil which helps plants get the oxygen they need to grow!
Before creating your own habitat to observe these amazing creatures, you might consider checking out these cute books and resources. Your students are sure to be amazed at how busy these little worms are beneath the surface!
Yucky Worms by Vivian French Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen An Earthworm's Life by John Himmelman Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser
You might also consider checking out this graphic from LawnCare.net...
Of course, after you've learned about these amazing creatures, an earthworm habitat will allow you to see the work of earthworms up close! Be sure to visit We-Made-That.com for lots of tips and a fabulous picture tutorial. Not only are the items simple enough to find at home and the habitat easy enough to assemble, we're certain that this project will also be a hit with your kinders! As Tracy and her little ones found out, it might be hard for your kiddos to part with these 'pets'!