When we were asked by Interplay to review their fab Living World Wormery, there is a chance that I was more excited then the kids! (I totally was!) As a country girl, I love things like this, as a child, my friends and I would play ‘David Attenborough’ and go exploring round my parents farm, finding all sorts of bugs and beetles, watching foxes and badgers and finding eels in the stream, (oh how I screamed!), an idyllic, nature packed childhood!
Now that we live in a town, I worry that my kids are missing out on that, even though we try and get outdoors as much as possible with them, having similar adventures. It’s not quite the same though, and that’s why I think things like this are brilliant.
My daughter has just had butterflies hatching at school and so she was well aware of these sort of kits and how they worked. She is really into observation.
The parcel arrived well packaged, we got our worms at the same time in a safe, earth filled tub, and because I wanted to go it with my son as well, we popped them into the fridge, (which felt so wrong but was recommended in the leaflet!!), to wait for him to finish nursery. (My daughter was off school unwell, hence all the pyjama photos!)
There is a handy leaflet that accompanies the wormery, detailing how to set it up and also giving a lot of information about worms in the wild. A lot of it, I admit I didn’t know! We set it up outside in the garden and we luckily had a lot of top soil left over from making our veggie patch so we used that. It suggests using a soil sieve to make sure the soil is fine enough, but as we don’t have one, we broke up the lumps and removed the stones by hand, returning the multitude of ‘wild worms’ we found along the way!
*As a tip here, I would say that it might be better to do this in advance and just have the soil ready and waiting to add, as first my small boy, and then my big girl gradually lost interest and after quite a bit of moaning about the time it was taking, wandered off, leaving
muggins me to do it! 😀 *
Then I sent my daughter in to collect all the bits from the parcel. Unfortunately, she didn’t find the yellow sand packet and so ours is missing a line! I’m still in two minds whether to dig up the top layer with a spoon and put it in now we’ve found it, but they were so wriggly going in and seem happy enough that I might leave it! (Code for, I’m being a total wuss!!)
The children soon returned for some layering and we quickly set it up. When you have the soil ready, it really doesn’t take very long. Then came the moment to add the worms. Despite being in a sleepy, fridge zombie induced state, they were seriously active and as my daughter tipped them in, they went all over the table, as we were on the garden table, it was fine but maybe put some newspaper down if you are doing this indoors.
Then we popped the top on and left them in peace in the kitchen. Not much happened but we noticed a couple of tunnels the next day. Then loads more then next! They do absolutely zero in the day, obviously they are not used to light and hide from it, but one evening when I had had the kitchen lights off, when I went in and switched them on, there were worms everywhere against the plastic edges. I felt a bit guilty that I have been keeping them in a bright kitchen, do worms feel scared? I’m not sure but they definitely do hide away when there is light, so I’ve moved them to a darker spot in the house.
We also went collecting leaves for them on our day out at the weekend. You put dry brown leaves on the surface and they drag them under. So cool! (On our first attempt, we put green leaves in by mistake. Then I read the leaflet properly! Oops!)
I’ve also given them a very light mist as I don’t want them to dry out, but equally, you have to be careful not to drown them.
We are passing the wormery on to my son’s nursery next week, so the children there can enjoy it too. Then we shall be realising them into the garden to work some of their worm-y magic there!
I think it’s a fab educational tool, and also, a lot of fun to check in the morning and see how busy they have been while we slept.
The wormery costs £14.99 and the worms are £3.00.
We were gifted both for the purpose of this review. 🙂