The Nature Tot program is for 3-year-olds with an adult. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Programs are outside, unless weather does not permit.
- Cut a hole in the bottom of a paper cup. Place your hand inside the cup. Stick a finger up through the hole. Draw a face on your finger worm puppet if you like.
- Ask the children to make worms out of dough.
Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser. Discuss Story.
Sung to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
Look behind you on the ground
You will see
A little worm.
He’ll make you squirm!
There’s a worm
Right on the ground.
Wiggle Worm (use puppet)
One day when
I was playing,
I met a
He squirmed and squirmed
Let me show you
Show & Tell: Worm Farm
What does a worm eat? (dead plants and other things in the soil) Where does it live? (in the ground)
Have you ever felt a worm? How do they feel?
What animals eat worms? Show robin, turtle, and salamander puppets or pictures.
- Find a worm: either use a tub of soil with worms inside or go dig outside.
- Turn into worm and crawl through worm holes (hula hoops) and into the worm tunnel (kid’s tunnel).
- Worm Tracks
Dip string/yarn into paints and drag across construction paper.
- Worm Collage
Make a Worm Collage with cooked whole wheat spaghetti. Give each child a paper plate. Ask them to arrange the noodles any way they wish. Tell them they are worms. The starch in the noodles will help the noodles stick to the plates when dry.
Snack: Dirt Dessert with Gummy Worms
Use chocolate pudding for mud. Add crushed cookies as dirt if you like.
Have worms crawling out of the cup.
Pretend that string cheese (torn apart) are worms.
Activities provided by:
Polk County Conservation Board
Nature Tots is funded by Polk County Conservation Board, West Des Moines Park and Recreation, and the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.
spring, summer, fall
Iowa Early Learning Standards:
8.2, 9.1, 9.4, 11.1, 11.2, 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 14.3
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