Could earthworms for kids be the perfect pet?
At some stage or another as kids get older the question parents prepare for is “Can we get a pet”?
Now don’t get me wrong, pets for kids are great but as a lot of parents find out after getting a pet, the enthusiasm soon wears off and the pet and all responsibilities go back to the parent. The hours spent cleaning the fish tank, emptying out the cat litter, washing the dog,or catching the escaped Budgie, and depending on the type of pet this can continue for many, many, many years.
With most pets comes the added expense of upkeep. From desexing to vaccinations, from grooming to general health, owning a pet can become a very expensive exercise to undertake.
Earthworms For Kids-Made Simple
Getting earthworms for kids is a simple and fun way to introduce children to the responsibilities of owning a pet and will have long-term benefits to the environment. Children are often fascinated with earthworms as they can handle the safely without fear of getting bitten or hurt, and can spend hours watching their earthworms digging and moving about.
After the initial set up the worm farm requires very little maintenance which should stop kids getting bored to quickly and loosing interest. There are currently a lot of worm farms on the market but to add some interest you can make the farm yourself, which helps get the kids more involved. Another idea is to get kids helping in the garden and every time they find an earthworm the can add it to their farm, this maintains their interest as well as helping to get the gardening done.
Earthworms For Kids-Added Benefits
As the worm farms grows and the earthworms produce more castings, it’s a good idea to get children to see the benefits of their work by
starting their own garden. It is usually best to start small so I try to find a small pot to start off with. Once you have some soil and the worm castings in, get the kids to maybe pick what they would like to grow. My 4-year-old loves strawberries so we have some strawberries growing at the moment. Maybe for their first attempt you could pick something that grows quickly like alfalfa as waiting for something to shoot, kids often lose interest.
Getting earthworms for kids will often get them interested in the kitchen as well. My son has become very helpful while preparing meals, waiting in anticipations for food scraps to take out to feed his earthworms. I have found it helps with the break down of food scraps that you put them through a blender first, making it easier for the earthworms to eat.
Children are so inquisitive during their early years, and an introduction to earthworms is a great way to get them started down a path of responsibility and a love for nature. Who knows how the environment will benefit from the work of budding worm farmers, and the benefits their children will receive. The increase in world-wide worm population can only benefit our planet, which is something we all need to be doing.
So when choosing a pet, earthworms for kids are safe, fun, educational and great for the environment.