How to Get Kids Excited about Worms in 9 Simple Steps
- Don’t start the class by saying “Your school has worms!”
- Lead with “we have some new classroom pets!” Leave out the quantity of these critters till the end (especially if you’re at 1,000+).
- Spit some mad worm knowledge. For example, “worms have no ears, eyes or lungs” or “they have 5 hearts” or “they eat fruits & vegetables just like us,” etc.
- Teachers will appreciate that you try to find a substitute word for “poop” when explaining how great worm poop is for your garden. Worm compost, worm tea or black gold seem to work pretty well.
- Pass out magnifying boxes with worms inside so students can inspect and clear up all suspicions that this is a blood sucking monster.
- A worksheet filled with questions about the worm for the students to answer is a real added bonus.
- Encourage students to name and bond with their worms. The first step to building a friendship is picking a solid worm name like Snowflake or Dave.
- Help students prepare their worms home by dipping newspaper into water to lay in the dirt. Hands in the dirt is an added bonus.
- When students bring up their worms to add to the compost bucket, perform a farewell ceremony and wave goodbye to Slippery, Sugar or Escobar as they dive into their new, luxurious, dirt home. Where, hopefully, they don’t have a bunch of giants staring at them all day long.