Gardening with Kids {Make a Worm Tower}

Today at Garden Camp we made a Worm Tower to carry home with us. You can do this activity anywhere you might find a multitude of worms. You’d be surprised where you can buy worms too! The Tower is a fancy way of describing a travel case for your worms.

We made our Worm Tower and carried them home to our backyard. We have a large storage container that we’ll use for our fun exploratory backyard worm bin. Be sure to cut a few holes in the bottom so the container can drain if you chose to keep them in the same manner. You could always simply release them in your soil or in a tarp with some soil (that you would fold up each day/night for safe keeping).


  • Plastic Cup or you could use a cardboard box and decorate it but you need to make sure it stays in tact until you get it home
  • Newspaper
  • Spray Bottle with Water
  • Worms
  • Soil
  • Worm Food like lettuce, for example

wormtowerFirst stuff some torn newspaper in the bottom of the cup

Next, spray some water to dampen the newspaper to make the worm’s home nice and moist

Add your worms, a bit of soil and some food for them such as lettuce scraps

Then layer with newspaper again

Finish off with a few more squirts of water

You’ll want to cover it with a plastic bag and an elastic to hold it snug. Poke a few holes in it for some air and you are good to go have some dirty worm fun!

A few great books to go along with this activity include:

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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and


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