Preschoolers learn well by using hands-on lessons that are also fun. In the lesson below, parents or teachers will be able to apply hands-on learning and fun to introduce the world of worms to their preschoolers. From singing a song, to touching the worms and even doing a worm craft, preschool aged children will have a fun and educational time learning their worm facts.
Lesson 1: The Worm Song
Sing this fun song to the preschool children. Have them repeat it after you a few times. Then, sing it together. This should be sung to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin"? Use of this simple song will prepare the children for later, when they will see and feel the worms.
I like worms. I like worms
They're so fun. They're so fun
Have you seen a worm yet?
Have you seen a worm yet?
You will soon. You will soon
Lesson 2: Let's Learn About Worms!
Here is a fun paragraph you can read aloud to your preschoolers. This will teach them a few facts about the worm. Make it fun by acting out the words with motions and movements.
Worms are amazing creatures. Did you know that worms can help people? It's true. They help our plants and gardens grow nice and strong. Worms live in the dirt outside. When it rains, you will see worms all over. If you see a worm laying on the sidewalk, it's nice to put the worm back in dirt because worms can't get too dry. They need to stay wet from the dirt. They also like it when it's dark. That's why they stay underneath the dirt most of the time.
Lesson 3: Wiggly, Squiggly
Stand in front of the children with a few worms. Show them all the wiggling, squiggling, and squirming the worm does on your hands. Let them know how fun it is to watch and feel the worms crawling around your fingers and hand.
Next, pass the worms around so that each student has a chance to touch and feel the worms.
You might also want to try painting with worms. Don’t worry, no real worms will be harmed in the process. The children will be using spaghetti noodles instead of real worms.
Lesson 4: Yummy Gummy
After all that wormy talk and play, your little preschoolers might be feeling a bit hungry. At the end of the day, pass out small bathroom-sized cups of crushed up chocolate cookies (dirt) with a couple gummy worms inside, hanging out over the edge.
*I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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