As we continue on with our Mother Goose Time ‘Growing Gardens’ theme this month, today we got to learn about WORMS!
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As a mother of 2 boys (and our youngest girl who only wants to copy her big brothers), you can imagine the squeals of excitement over today’s lesson plan! They LOVED our ‘soil‘ day, so the idea of ‘worms’ put them over the edge! ha! Below are some exciting ideas on how you can incorporate worm play into your learning!
Learning with Worms
Ideas provided by Mother Goose Time
1. Worm Painting
Did you know that a worm breathes through its skin? It also releases a fluid that makes it feel slimy. Discuss with your child what they think a worm may feel like, and other things that might feel similar. Next, explore the feel of rubber worms and try to find things in or around your home that may feel the same.
Provide a sheet of paper and have your child either draw a large outline of a worm, or have the worm outline already drawn. Invite your child to pick colors to paint on their worm picture. (This is also a great opportunity to go over colors! Mother Goose Time provided worm cards of different colors and we practiced naming each one as she picked new colors to paint onto her sheet).
Encourage your child to dip the rubber worm in the paint and make prints on the worm sheet.
These are worms similar to what we used.
You could also invite your child to glue on dirt or other natural materials.
∗For play, you could spread worms around your room (or outdoors) and invite your child to wiggle on the floor to find theirs.
2. Under the Dirt Matching
Why do you think a worm likes to live under the dirt? Discuss with your child.
Mother Goose Time provided the CUTEST ‘Under the Dirt‘ Matching card set. These included images of worms, rabbits, seeds, rocks/soil, insects, root vegetables, and moles. (You could print off images from on-line to mimic for yourself).
Hide the matching cards underneath various objects. Have your child search for them and describe where they found them.
Once all the cards are found, set one of each card face up on the floor. Show your child one of the remaining cards and invite him to find the match. When he finds it, he turns it over. Repeat until all of the plants and animals are flipped over and safely underground.
∗To simplify: Set out only two pairs face up. Put a rubber worm or blocks on one card and invite your child to find the matching card.
∗To challenge: Invite a child to flip over two cards. If they match, the child takes the cards and goes again. If they don’t match, he identifies the beginning letter of each word (P is for Potato).
3. Worm Poop
(Yes, you read that right! HA!)
How do you think worms help keep the soil healthy? Invite your child to explore making worms by rolling, squeezing, and shaping play dough. What else do they make?
Because my children love to play and snack at the same time, I instead made different shades of brown fondant in place of the play dough! (Homemade fondant recipe and tutorial coming to the blog soon!) It was a fun little treat after they tired of exploring.
Explain that earthworm poop makes the soil rich with nutrients and helps plants grow better.
Encourage each child to roll the play dough (or fondant) into a worm shape. Invite him to press or carve details in the worm with a craft stick (or in my case my little fondant tools). Encourage your child to then cut it into 10 pieces to make little nutrient-rich pieces of ‘worm poop.’
(Tell me your kids won’t LOVE this activity!?! Even my daughter loved it! HA!)
4. Digging for Worms
When do you see worms above ground? Earthworms come to the surface when it rains because they need oxygen to breathe. They would drown if they stayed in the soil.
Invite your child to explore burying their rubber worms and digging them back up.
Pretend it is raining and invite your child to dig up a worm then give him two-step directions for what to do with it.
For Example: Dig up your worm, put it on the floor then jump over it. Repeat with new directions.
Another one of the many things that I love about Mother Goose Time, is that they include a Suggested Book List along with each monthly theme. I take full advantage of our local library and stock up. Today we read all about worms and the garden!
On the suggested book list for today was ‘Diary of a Worm’ by Doreen Cronin.
Other books that we enjoyed today were: ‘Diary of a Worm: Teachers Pet’, ‘Quiet in the Garden’, ‘Secrets of the Garden’, and another that I particularly enjoyed, ‘Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt’.
This family LOVES to dance! Each day of Mother Goose Time comes with a suggested opening and closing song. This is a great way to introduce what will be discussed that day, and then later reflect on and reinforce what was learned. Because this month’s theme is ‘Growing Gardens’, included in our monthly kit was a ‘Growing Gardens’ themed music CD. We danced along to ‘Wiggle Worm’, but if you don’t have it, you can dance along to anything!
Invite one child to be the leader and wiggle one body part as the others follow. Switch leaders throughout the song.
I LOVED this activity because it required my children to focus (something they struggle with), and also practice both leading AND following! You’ll see my children struggle with that one a bit – ha!
Hahaha. That video gets me laughing every time. Let’s try it again, shall we?
BONUS! Along with today’s lesson I created an Edible Worm Sensory Play activity!
**The May 2015 Discovering Science Blog Hop is all about Life Science. Read how other families have stumbled upon a learning adventure in their everyday life!**