Happy Easter! I have had a great weekend with friends and family and I still have one more day off. Yay! One of the highlights in first grade is our study of worms. We teach the 4th R, rot to the kids and integrate it into our recycling unit. One of the places we will visit is our local worm farm. Yes, you read that right a worm farm. You can get worms, worm poop, worm poop tea, and even bat guano (poop). I love teaching about worms. The kids love it, and they really are an important part of our Earth. Worm friends are something we make every year and the kids love them. I mean I have older students who come back and tell me they still have their worm buddy as a stuffed animal at home. I thought I would share this simple project with you.
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Supplies Needed to Make Worm Friends
The supplies that you will need are:
- Knee-high nude nylons
- tan or brown felt– cut into 12 x 3-inch strips
- poly stuffing
- mini hair bands
First the kids stuff their worm (nylon) and tie off the end. I find that many kids have never touched a nylon, so I have to give them a minute just to play with it.
Once it is stuffed, they make segments on their worms with the rubber bands. Depending on how tight the bands are, they may need help with this.
Next, I or a parent hot glue the felt around the middle of the worm to represent its clitellum.
Last, I let them draw five hearts on the nylon because worms have five hearts. And there you have it, a new worm friend!
Another great activity to do with worms is to build your own class worm bin. You can read more about how to do that here.
So there you have it. You too can make your own worm friend. Your kids can write about them, read to them or just use them for pretend play. There are so many possibilities.
Love your worm unit. I have a worm box at home, I am so going to bring it to school. I am in Sunnyvale, CA. What do the children draw the hearts on the nylon stocking worm with? Markers?