Worm Friends

Happy Easter!  I have had a great weekend with friends and family and I still have one more day off.  Yay!  When we get back, we will begin our mapping and community unit.  We are changing that up a bit, so I will let you know how that goes. 
With our community unit, we are tying in our green team unit.  We will talk about how we can be good stewards of our community.  On 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 kids love them.  I mean I have older students who come back to me 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.



The supplies that you will need are:

knee-high sandal toe nylons and brown felt

small hair rubber bands

stuffing

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 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!


For more great worm activities, check out my new Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot! brain smart unit.






So there you have it.  You too can make your own worm friend.  Your kids can write about them.  So many possibilities.  Do you teach about recycling?  







1 comment

  1. 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?

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