27 May 2016

Worm World by Interplay UK

This isn't the first time we have had mini-beasts delivered to our door.

Nick Baker's Worm World by Interplay UK (My Living World): Nick Baker's Worm World by Interplay UK is part of the My Living World series. It is great for play-based learning, allowing children to develop an understanding of the natural world. It can also help harbour a sense of responsibility towards all living things.

The box came marked with the words Nick Baker's Worm World. I opened it to find a plastic container fitted with a lid with holes and supported by two plastic legs, four packets of sand and a cardboard shade. Enough equipment to set up our own little worm housing.

Also included was a detailed instruction manual/ information guide on worms.

Worm World by Interplay UK: includes everything to help set up a wormery at home

The worms themselves arrived via first class post, safely ensconced in moist soil in a sealed plastic tub. The accompanying instructions made it clear that they should be transferred to the established wormery at the earliest. Or be stored in a cool place till the wormery was set up.

We lost no time setting up our Worm World. I read all the instructions carefully a couple of times (I didn't want to get this wrong- it was to be home to little living things, after all).

Setting up Worm World was very easy

My son helped dig soil from the garden and needed little encouragement to get his hands dirty. He helped layer the sand in, alternating with moist soil. I then gently coaxed our wriggly friends out into their new home.

We introduced the worms into their new Worm World

The speed with which they disappeared down the layers of soil was astonishing. J fetched a bunch of leaves for them to munch on. We closed the lid as instructed, covered the worm house with the card shade and kept it in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

We have since seen the wriggly creatures  burrowing through the layers of soil. Most of the leaves have disappeared and have been replaced by a fresh lot of dried leaves.

We have noticed lots of tunnels and burrows in the soil of Worm World

J checks on his new friends every evening after school. We make sure the soil is moist and there are enough leaves to eat. He watches with intrigue as the worms move away from the exposed areas to the cooler, darker inner recesses of Worm World. He spots tunnels and has noticed that the layers of coloured sand are no longer distinguishable from the surrounding soil. Our worm friends have been hard at work doing what they do best - turning soil upside down and inside out, making it healthy and nutrient rich. Just perfect for growing plants in.

Fascinating creatures, worms. And very useful in the garden too.

We will keep the worms for a month or so before returning them to our garden. Who knows, we may rebuild Worm World in the future. Only this time, the worms will not come in the post. We will look for them in our garden, like true naturalists.

I am a huge believer in play-based learning. Worm World by Interplay UK provides just that. An opportunity to take a closer look at worms, how they live and what they do. It is also a great way to get young children interested in the living world, especially mini beasts. That they are caring for another living creature is a fantastic way to establish a sense of responsibility and respect for all life.

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Nick Baker's Worm World by Interplay UK is part of the My Living World series. It is great for play-based learning.

Disclosure: We were sent a Worm World for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.


  1. This looks like great fun and lots for little ones to learn too. I think my girls would have a lot of fun X

  2. Oh wow what a cool activity. I bet this is something Sylvia would love. Angela

  3. Ok this is quite interesting. I have never heard of a worm world before.

  4. What a fantastic educational toy for kids! I have to say I'd want to let the worms go, eventually, to the freedom of the real earth! :)

  5. I used to love this as a child. Now my little cousin has this too, and i always overreact because well its worms. But as you said it gives the child a sense of responsibility which is essential for his development.

  6. wow... my little girl would love this.. she spends hours digging,, making muck castles and looking for worms.. not very lady like eh... but this would be right up her street x

  7. How interesting. Personally, worms would not be my favourite thing to receive in the post, but I'm sure the kids would love it! Sounds very simple to set up, and fun and educational for the little ones. (Lucy/R is for Hoppit)

  8. Oh wow, I had no idea kits like this existed! Not for me, but I can see how kids would find it fascinating! X

  9. Oh wow what an amazing idea for a kit. I do seriously get the heebie jeebies when it comes to bugs but I'm really trying for Evie, because I don't want her to be the same. I should definitely get one of these for her. It'll be fascinating and educational at the same time. x


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