We recently attended a local park program for children and I wanted to share some of their great ideas with you. The topic was worms and ‘Sweet Boy’ really enjoyed the variety of hands-on fun.
- The teacher, our Explorer, began by talking about what worms are and what they aren’t…big, small, fuzzy, smooth and what worms eat (leaves).
- Then each child sat at the table with their own little worm to touch, watch move and use a magnifying glass to examine.
- Loved this activity: Each child took a plastic worm and having dipped it in a plate of mud, dragged it across the paper to create their Worm Trails. We also drew some worms and grass on the paper.
- Loved this too: We pretended to be birds with long beaks in search of worms. Each child was given two chopstick-like pieces of wood and a plate of graham cracker crumbs. They had to dig through their “dirt” to find a gummy worm.
- Last, we went on a hike in search of worms and things that eat worms.
- We stopped at the grocery store on the way home and bought a bag of gummy worms. (Of course, it was for the kids, not me at all!)
- We learned this worm song from my husband.
- We checked out some worm books from the library. Here was one we chose: The Worm Family (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards)