Worms & Snails!




Book List

Richard Scarry's Lowly Worm Storybook - Richard Scarry
Wiggly Worms - Ladybird and Ladybird Books
Are You A Snail? - Judy Allen
Snaily Snail Board Book - Chris Raschka
How Many Snails?: A Counting Book - Paul Giganti and Donald Crews



Songs & Fingerplays

Wiggle Worm - sung to "Did You Ever See a Lassie?"

Did you ever see a wiggle worm,
A wiggle worm, a wiggle worm?
Did you ever see a wiggle worm
Move this way and that?
Move this way and that way,
Move this way and that way.
Did you ever see a wiggle worm
Move this way and that?

Nobody Likes Me

Nobody likes me,
Everybody hates me,
Guess I'll go eat worms,

Long, thin, slimy ones,
Short, fat, juicy ones,
Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms.

Down goes the first one,
Down goes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm.

Up comes the first one,
Up comes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm.

~submitted by Patsy

This Little Worm - sung to "This Old Man"

This little worm, wiggly worm
He goes creeping through the dirt
With a squirm and a squiggle and a dig, dig, dig
Hide from the robin, oh so big!



Arts & Crafts

Worm Art

Use cooked spaghetti that can be colored with liquid watercolor. Can be picked up with tweezers to improved small motor skills and put on paper. There is enough starch in the cooked spaghetti to not need glue.

Play Dough Worms

Make play dough and color it brown with tempera paint. Give your children pieces of the dough to roll into snake-like worms. If you wish, let the children arrange their worms on Easter grass placed or glued on paper plates.

Worm Collages

Mix red, yellow, and blue food coloring together to make brown. Add drops of the brown food coloring to cooked drained spaghetti to create "worms". Let the children arrange the worms on paper plates or Styrofoam food trays. (The starch in the spaghetti will act as glue.)


Theme Ideas

Worm Science Idea

Make a worm farm with the children. You can either buy your worms at a bait store or if possible have the children help dig for them. Use a small fish tank or terrarium container. Fill it with soil. Place the worms on top of the soil. Place black or dark colored paper around the tank to block out the light. Place some lettuce, grass cuttings, or wet old leaves on top of the soil. This will be food for the worms. After 2 days, remove the paper and children will be able to see the tracks the worms have made moving around their new home.

Worms in Dirt Snack

Make dirt pudding by putting crushed cookies in chocolate pudding. Finally, add gummy worms for a great, tasty snack.


Links!

Preschool Worm Theme - Everything Preschool
Snail Theme - First School
Worms - Perpetual Preschool
Wiggle Worms - Preschool Express


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