Monthly Archives: October 2011

Garden Cartoons-Worm Composting Red Wigglers

Worm Composting Red Wigglers??  I found these cute pages that are like garden cartoons about worm composting with red wigglers from the University of Illinois Extension.  These are great garden comics that will help kids when it comes to worm composting.  Here is a picture of red wigglers with some cucumber skins that are half eaten.  Red wigglers are smaller than night-crawlers.

Great Way to Learn About Worm Composting Red Wigglers

These garden cartoons teach all about vermicomposting and worms with a cute cartoon worm character–Squirmin Herman the Worm. This is a very educational and fun site for kids and adults.  Check out Herman’s fun place for games and more fun.  Click on worm composting to learn more about how to compost with worms.

Vermicomposting for Home Schools and Classroom Projects

It is a great science experiment to worm compost for home schools and in classrooms.  Kids really get into worms and what better way to teach biology and all about composting which is in essence recycling.  I prepared an educational Power Point all about worms and worm composting that I made into a video.  Another great educational experience for kids and learning.  Click below for this free worm composting Power Point video.

Download My PowerPoint Video, an Introduction to Worm Composting!

I created a PowerPoint video which I saved as a movie, as an Introduction to Worm Composting. This is a very good introduction with my own photos and video clips on my experiences with worm composting. I tell you what common mistakes I have made to save you from making these mistakes yourself:

  1.  Download the Power Point/video to your computer for free.

Click on this link which will take you to Gumroad, a secure site, where you can download my products.  Click on “I Want This”.  Through Gumroad you will be able to download my complete video.

Here is a preview from YouTube of my PowerPoint video:  the Introduction and Chapter 1:

Butterfly House & Butterfly Garden Review

Butterfly House is a Great Kids BookButterfly House is a Great Kids Book-Book Review

Butterfly House is a charming, feel good story for children and adults too.  A young girl finds a Painted Lady butterfly caterpillar in her garden and brings it home to her grandfather.  The grandfather gets a shoe box and she and her grandfather create a beautiful house for the caterpillar decorating it, drawing flowers–making a real home for the caterpillar.  She also finds the proper food for the caterpillar.  Then she and her grandfather watch as the caterpillar grows and eats his way to his next stage of life.

After the Butterfly Emerges They Let Him Go

And then it is time to let the butterfly go.  This is a tearful experience for the young girl and her grandfather explains that the butterfly has to fly away in order to find food  and live.  It is one of those bittersweet experiences of childhood.  She has a wonderful relationship with her grandfather saying that if he were young they would be best friends.  He says it doesn’t matter because they are best friends anyway. This book is beautifully illustrated by Greg Shed’s paintings and has an interesting ending.

It’s Not So Easy To Find a Butterfly Larva

Finding a butterfly larva for a Painted Lady butterfly might not be so easy so you might want to order a butterfly garden.  This kit includes a butterfly habitat and you can send away for butterfly larva and food.  My daughter and I did this together and it was a very rewarding experience to raise butterflies.  You could still do the artwork of decorating the habitat as the girl did in Butterfly House.

The Butterfly House book and the Butterfly Garden would make excellent gifts for anyone interested in nature and butterflies.  They complement each other making for an interesting and educational experience.  If you click on the links in this post or the image below you can order these from Amazon.