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Wormery journalling

Wriggly worms – they are fascinating aren’t they! Well they really are, they play such an important role in our soil health and ecosystems. Making your own wormery with your kids and then keeping a nature journal about the changes you that observe is a great way to discover more about these fascinating creatures.

Wormery Journalling with kids - introducing preschoolers to nature journalling whilst studying what happens under the Earth

We’ve built another wormery and this time I’ve been getting T my preschooler to journal what happens with a sneak peek at the worms each day over a week.

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Materials

  • Plastic Bottle
  • Worms from the back yard
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Compost
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Paper for journaling on
  • Pencils and other colouring tools

printable pack from Rainy Day Mum all about Earth Worms, contains journalling page to go along with creating a wormery

Want to save some time and use a printed wormery journal then our Earthworm Activities pack contains a My Wiggly Worm Journal Page you can print as well as information and activities about the Earth Worm Life Cycle


Wormery Journalling with kids - introducing preschoolers to nature journalling whilst studying what happens under the Earth

Make a Wormery

How to make a wormery to explore what worms do

Pop on over to our DIY Wormery for Kids to find out full instructions on making a drinks bottle wormery. They are very easy to make and you need around 5 worms in a 2l drinks bottle.

Nature Journaling with Kids

To make our journal I used some paper from an old sketch pad and added coloured paper to the front and back.

I then drew a bottle shape on each page and added some lines underneath where we could write some sentences about the wormery.

Wormery Journalling with kids - introducing preschoolers to nature journalling whilst studying what happens under the Earth

Each day we removed the cover from the wormery on the window sill and then sat down and drew in the layers of the soil and any worm holes that may have been made by the worms over night.

Once she had coloured in – we used pens, pencils, wax crayons and got out our water colours to colour in the different soils and what was happening – we then wrote a couple of lines about what we saw.

Wormery Journalling with kids - introducing preschoolers to nature journalling whilst studying what happens under the Earth

They were very simple and I wrote the lines and then T traced over the words in a different colour following the letters and “reading” aloud the letters and words as she traced over them.

Journalling with drawing and writing together is a great way to get preschoolers to start recording their observations and can easily be adapted for different situations – both T and J are currently keeping Tadpole Journals as we raise our own tadpoles again this Spring.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

8 Comments

  1. What a lovely journal!
    We are just starting on journals I will add this one to my list too

  2. So cool! I love how you linked scientific journaling the whole experience. We’re going to have to do the same with some caterpillars we’re thinking of getting!

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