Sunday, April 28, 2013


Worm Habitat

  • a large, wide-mouth glass jar with a lid
  • a hammer and nail
  • an empty soup can with the lid removed *watch for sharp edges
  • soil
  • sand
  • 2 large sheets of black construction paper
  • transparent or masking tape
  • vegetable scraps
  • earthworms

  1. Place the empty soup can, with the removed end facing down, in the middle of the glass jar.
  2. Fill the glass jar with soil around the can so that it is level with the top of the can.
  3. Add a thin layer of sand, approximately 1” (2.5 cm) to the top of the soil. Then throw in some vegetable scraps.
  4. Add water to moisten the soil, being sure not to over water.
  5. Cover the outside of the jar completely with black construction paper so that no light gets into the jar.
  6. Using the hammer and nail, puncture about 5 holes in the lid of the glass jar.
  7. Put a few earthworms in the jar, close the lid, and leave it for 24 hours.
  8. Remove the lid and observe the changes inside of the jar.

More ideas for worms:

Wiggle Worms by Little Family Fun
Preschool Bug Activities - How to Build a Worm Farm by
Preschool Science: Worm Farm by
Preschool Lesson Plan: Worms by Associated Content
Worm Coloring Page by
Earthworm Activities for Preschoolers by eHow
Preschool Worms in the Dirt Craft by
Preschool Entomology - Bug Activities for Preschoolers by
Wiggle, Squiggle, Slimy Worms by Kids World Exploration all about preschool
Worms & Snails! by

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