Worm Hotels

Child observing an earth worm in a jar

This activity promotes development and learning by demonstrating how all living things thrive in their own habitats by studying earthworms. Children can observe, draw comparisons to other animal habitats, and be scientists in action!

Materials Needed:

  • A clean 2-liter soda bottle or empty aquarium
  • Soil/dirt
  • Dry leaves
  • Earthworms NOTE: Sold at bait shop or garden supply store.
  • Paper or journal
  • Writing or drawing implement

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Cut the top off an empty clean soda bottle, or use an empty aquarium. Fill the container with soil, leaves, and twigs. Add water and the worms!
  2. Emphasize respect for living things. Explain that the worms are just having a short visit at your hotel.
  3. Check the worms several times per day and keep soil moist, but not soaking wet. Ask your child to make observations, and document what they see by drawing it or writing it down. Ask, what do worms need to make a home? Where do they get food?
  4. Return the worms outdoors to their natural habitat.
Child observing an earth worm in a jar
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