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How to make a worm farm

James’s Giant Bug book is filled with fun facts and activity ideas for bug adventurers young and old. You can go on a bug safari, craft your own grasshopper and even build a bug hotel. Intrigued? Here’s a sneak peek, for how to make a worm farm.

 

 


Whether it's happy or sad, oh-so-scary or just downright funny, everyone has a favourite book from their childhood. From the adventures of one naughtly little bunny, to a caterpillar with a penchant for eating just about anything, here's ten books that are without a doubt, classic. Let the wild rumpus start!
Whether it's happy or sad, oh-so-scary or just downright funny, everyone has a favourite book from their childhood. From the adventures of one naughtly little bunny, to a caterpillar with a penchant for eating just about anything, here's ten books that are without a doubt, classic. Let the wild rumpus start!
Whether it's happy or sad, oh-so-scary or just downright funny, everyone has a favourite book from their childhood. From the adventures of one naughtly little bunny, to a caterpillar with a penchant for eating just about anything, here's ten books that are without a doubt, classic. Let the wild rumpus start!

 

You will need:   

 

• A clear plastic box, about 20cm x 20cm x 20cm

• Moist soil

• Some old, dead leaves

• Vegetable peelings, overripe fruit, tea leaves

• Two or three earthworms eager for a holiday

• Cling film

• A large elastic band

• Black card

• A roll of sticky tape

 

 

How to make it:

 

1. Start by putting a 1-centimetre-deep layer of soil at the bottom of your plastic box. Then add a layer of sand about 1 centimetre deep. Repeat this process, alternating between soil and sand until there is a space of about 5 centimetres left at the top.

2. Add a layer of leaves, followed by vegetable peelings, overripe fruit and tea leaves. Add your worms!

 

3. Add some juicy worm food, like leaves and old fruit 

 


4.     Add worms from the garden - be careful handling them, they're delicate!

 

5. Place some cling film over the top and secure it in place with an elastic band – this will stop your worms from wriggling out! Don’t forget to poke some air holes in the cling film so that the worms can breathe.

 

6. Cover with some black card so it’s nice and dark – don’t forget the air holes!

7. Put the box somewhere cool and dark. Check every day to see whether your worms have eaten the food and to look at the patterns they’ve made using the soil and sand. Make sure you keep the soil nice and moist by adding water.

 

8. Remember to return your worms to the wild!

 

Roald Dahl's James's Giant Bug Book

Roald Dahl (and others)

James and the Giant Peach is one of the top 5 bestselling Roald Dahl books. James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags - Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker who are horrid to him. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual creepy-crawlies all waiting to take James on a magical adventure! Now it's time for you to join James, The Centipede, The Earthworm and the rest of the gang in this bug-packed journey around the world of insects. It's packed with fascinating facts about creepy-crawlies, and fun activities to try at home such as making an ant farm and building your very own bug hotel!

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