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ACCESSORIZED CARDBOARD EARTHWORMS


I don’t get it either, but my kids are obsessed with worms and the other day they ACTUALLY TOOK a bucket of worms on a walk. To the park. In a wagon.

Needless to say, our next art activity was inspired by this slimey creature that my daughters adore…


The girls were concerned it was too cold outside for the real earthworms! Hence, the accessories!


Scarf-wearing cuties!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • cardboard from the recycling bin!

  • scissors

  • pencil

  • paint (we used white, orange, and brown!)

  • paintbrushes

  • white glue

  • googly eyes

  • markers

  • accessorizing materials: yarn, fabric scraps, pom-poms, felt, foam, etc.

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Use a pencil to draw a worm shape on a piece of cardboard.

  2. Cut out your worm! (I did this part because cardboard is tricky for small hands!)

  3. Either select (or create!) an earthworm colour. My girls mixed white, orange, and brown paint to find an earthwormy shade they approved of!

  4. Paint your worm and allow it to dry!

  5. Give your worm a face using markers and/or googly eyes.

  6. Accessorize your worm with hats, scarfs, coats, or whatever your imagination desires! Choose from a selection of materials – such as yarn, fabric scraps, pom-poms, felt, or foam!

ACTIVITY EXTENSIONS:

I didn’t expect this activity to turn into a toy, but it has! The girls have played with these so many times. These worms have appeared in household pet shops, been treated for hypothermia at the vet clinic, have escaped pirates by the ocean, and have helped to secure food for those staying at Camp Barbie.

I wonder what adventures your accessorized earthworms will have!

CONNECTION STARTERS:

  • I see your worm is smiling. What do you think they are smiling about?

  • What sorts of things do you wear when you are cold?

  • How can you tell if someone is feeling cold?

  • Where do you think your earthworm keeps their accessories?

THINGS TO CELEBRATE & ENCOURAGE:

  • mixing paint to find the right colour

  • patience shown while painted worm is drying

  • using an appropriate amount of glue (FOR REAL, you guys!)

  • safe use of scissors

  • working through challenges (e.g. cutting a stubborn piece of yarn)

  • original ideas (e.g. rosy heart cheeks!)

Like me, you **KINDA** have a soft spot for earthworms now, don’t you?

Please share your earthwormy goodness with us! We are @theartstadium on Instagram and we would love to meet your latest, accessorized playmates


HAPPY CONNECTING!


XOXO,

Lindsay

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