Can I just start by saying… I LOVE WORMS. I know, I know… they are icky and wet and slimy and gross to so many people, but I love worms! But, lately when going into classrooms, mostly older students, they have lost their curiosity to touch them. I even still see college students refuse to touch them. It’s just a worm…
But still to me worms are fascinating. And, there are so many great science activities to do with worms. One in particular is composting. This is one of the more popular activities to do with classrooms. It teaches children responsibility, because they have to check on the worms, making sure it isn’t too dry, or too hot. It is also a great chance for children to make scientific inquiries, and ask questions. This is also great because it is an on-going project that you can have in a classroom.
Another great worm activity is a math lesson. You can measure worms. Grab gummy worms, and real worms. Here is a great way for children to practice measuring. Have students use a traditional way of measuring, like a ruler, and then a non-traditional way of measuring like with cheerios. Have students measure the guymmy worm first and then the real worm. Which was harder to measure? Which was easier to measure? How did the live worm move? Ask students if all cheerios are the same size (No! They are not) So are cheerios an accurate way of measuring? Compare your finds to other common items in your house or classroom.
A final activity with worms is that you can make a sensory bin. Here fill a rubbermaid tub with dirt, add in worms, fake flowers, grass, sticks, stones, and if you want to give it something extra to trick students add in cooked spaghetti, it looks and feels just like real worms.
Worms are such a fascinating topic for children and kids. Worms are amazing reclycers and such a huge part of our planet. And it seems more than ever we have to get kids interested in them from the get-go, otherwise they are going to end up like the many college students I have seen who are too grossed out to touch them.