The lowly earthworm is such an important creature. A songwriter called Mr. Nicky captures some of the many reasons why in his delightful song, "Earthworm." Some facts that he highlights are that earthworms:
1) help gardens grow,
2) are nocturnal, and
3) are covered in slime.
The slime never bothered me too much as a child, since I managed to collect earthworms for my worm farm and impale them on hooks for fishing bait. And my children love to find live earthworms in our backyard too. But for a slime-free approach, I made some segmented worms out of plastic drinking straws.
- plastic drinking straws
- sharp scissors (to be used by an adult)
- fake dirt* (black rice and stale Grape Nuts cereal in our case) or sand
- medium to large container
- ruler or tape measure, optional
- Carefully cut segments in the straws, being careful not to slice all the way through.
- Fill a container with fake dirt or use a sand box. Hide the worms under the dirt or sand.
- Ask the kids to find the plastic earthworms.
- Optional: Use a ruler or tape measure to measure each earthworm found.
|First we measured one worm.|
|Then we put two worms together and measured again.|