Red Wigglers, Red worms, Red Wrigglers, manure worms, or whatever you want to call these composting worms….. they go along with kids like peas in a pod.
Children are naturally curious and a worm bin is a place to discover new and exciting STUFF!
They just can’t resist watching the worms squiggle and squirm.
Questions will come rapid-fire as they seek to learn more about these strange new creatures.
A Funny Story
It is wintertime in Iowa and we have more worms than normal housed in our basement.
The outside worm bins are insulated and access is difficult.
We have quite a few worm bins operating in our basement so that we can fill orders from customers.
My wife has a Christmas cookie-exchange every year and this year we had a large crowd of 30 or so.
After lunch, all the guys are headed to the basement for a game of dominoes, while the ladies do what they do upstairs.
My two and a half year-old grandson heard that we were going to the basement and comes running over.
” Grandpa! Can we go feed the worms”? One of the husbands looks at me and says “You have worms in your basement”?
Now being a worm farmer, I KNOW that I am not quite “normal”. I look over at him and say ” thousands actually”.
He gives me this incredulous look and says ” On purpose”? I laughed until I cried. Then everyone wanted a tour.
Oh, the life of a worm farmer.
Red Wigglers and my Grandson
My Grandson ” Lucas” loves to help his Grandpa with the worms.
He is not here five minutes before he asks if we can go feed the worms.
He loves to watch them and help with the feeding and care.
He has even learned that vegetable scraps are worm food in our house.
This is an enjoyable fun time spent with him and he gets to learn a little bit about being a good steward of our environment also.
There are many teaching moments with your Kids and Grandchildren and it is nice to be able to teach them something worthwhile.
Red Wigglers and Your Kids
Red Wigglers and a worm bin (Vermiculture System) make a great family project. The kids will love it.
They get to learn about responsibility to the worms and the environment.
You can teach them how to use your table scraps for worm food instead of sending them to overloaded landfills.
When those worms have produced some castings from the table scraps, you can show them how to grow things.
Children love to grow plants and it teaches them patience and more responsibility.
You never know… Mom and Dad might just enjoy it too!