The boys were really excited to receive Interplay’s Worm World to review last week. We received the kit first, and had to order and wait for the actual worms so it’s been a long few days for them. Every day after school I’ve been greeted with ‘Are they here yet?’
Well today, the answer was yes. The worms had arrived and were safely stored in the fridge. Lucky for them nobody mistook them for a sandwich filling.
First off, we unpacked the box. Included in the Worm World kit is:
The two things you need to source yourself are soil and worms. If it isn’t the time of year for digging up worms, or you’re like us and don’t have a garden, you can order them from Interplay who will send some out to you for a small charge.
As for the soil, we bought a bag of compost and used that. I think that will be okay, but if not I’ll come back and add a note here.
The next step is to layer the soil and the sand as per the instruction booklet.
When adding the soil, we found the habitat to be so narrow it was difficult to use a spoon, or even a funnel because it kept getting clogged up. So we decided to use our hands – the most useful tool we have!
We found that with one layer, the coloured sand actually crept down the sides of the habitat, so make sure you do just compact the soil a little around the sides to achieve lovely neat layers. Our worms didn’t seem to mind at all in the end, but I do like a bit of order.
When all of the layering is done, it’s time for the very best part of putting Worm World together .. adding the worms!
Our worms came from Interplay in a tub full of soil and there looked to be between 15 and 20 of them – far more than I was expecting. Louis was thrilled with the utter filthiness of it all, but Rowan suddenly decided that picking up worms wasn’t for him – and off he went! This, coming from a boy whose middle name should be ‘muddy’ was something of a surprise, but there you go.
We had a lot of messy fun putting together our Worm World and I’m sure it will be a source of education and fun for quite some time to come. We’re looking forward to learning about the secret lives of worms and watching how they go about their business underground. We’re like nature spies!
Interplay make a lot of this type of product, and you can get triops, butterflies, ants, spiders, worms and others too. To see what’s on offer just pop over to the Interplay website.
Worm World has an RRP of £14.99 and is suitable for children aged five and over. Rowan is four and had no problem taking part in this activity until it came to handling the worms.
The staff are super friendly and when my first set of worms were lost in transit they didn’t hesitate to send replacements. (I don’t envy the person who opened that package by mistake!). If you would rather go and find your own worms – and really we should have – there are helpful hints and tips on where to find worms, within the instruction booklet that comes with Worm World.
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Disclosure: We received a complementary Worm World set for the purpose of this review but all opinions are our own.