6/01/2011

Worms and Dirt Puppet Craft

Worms, unlike other garden animals, aid in the turning of soil and help plants grow. Teach your preschooler that worms play an important role to our environment and even try to find some friendly worms in the outdoors!
Worm and Dirt Kids Craft


Classified: Easy and is fun for the 3 year and up crowd.

Website: The Adventures of Herman the Worm

What you need:
  • Dirt
  • Pink, brown and green 9x12" Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons *We used chalk


What to do:

1. Preparation: On the brown sheet of construction paper cut 2 four inch slits about 3" apart and about 4.5" from the top and bottom. Cut a 3x9" rectangle out of green construction paper. Draw a simple worm onto the pink sheet of paper.

2. Talk about worm facts. The Website listed is a great resource.
Book: Wonderful Worms
Go outside and find some worms. We made a worm habitat out of a clean soda liter bottle, moist dirt, grass and worms! Our worms were sent back home after a few nights stay!


3. Have your preschooler cut out their worm, and draw a face and dirt onto it. We used chalk and had a mini-lesson on shading by rubbing the chalk. It looks like the worm is dirty!

4. To make the grass: have your preschooler cut slits into the green rectangle and glue to the top of the 9x12" brown construction paper.

5. Using a glue stick, have your preschooler lightly coat the entire brown paper and adhere the dirt.

6. Slide the worm into place. To illustrate how worms move through dirt, demonstrate on how to make the worm puppet move in and out of the hole in the dirt.

Enjoy your slimy friends!

6 comments:

  1. That is really neat Aimee! I wonder when the letter w is scheduled with the program we are using. We have plenty of worms in our yard, this could be fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. how fun! thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  3. Hey there, I just wanted to thank you. I keep coming back to your blog and finding the most injteresting crafts-ones that really make the kids think and learn.

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  4. Aimee - this is such a fun craft! What a hit this would be with the preschool crowd! :)

    I will ahve to try it with my girls - I love the idea of incorporating some actual dirt into the materpiece too!

    Bernadette

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  5. What a cute craft!

    Thanks for linking up to learning laboratory at mama smiles! =)

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