Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cheerio Worms - Simple Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Toddlers

Every time it rains, my kids become obsessed with worms. We watch them wiggle and crawl across the driveway and then stop every few feet on the way back from the bus stop to watch them make their way back to the grass. I love their curiosity. Towards the end of the year, we did a few worm crafts and read some books from the library to help us learn more about these interesting creatures.

One of their favorite books was Diary of a Worm .
After reading that book, we made this fun W for Worm art using construction paper and yarn.
W for Worm - Mamas Like Me
Then, we created our own worms out of Cheerios.  This was such a simple activity using things that we already had in the kitchen.  My Daycare kids then used their worms to act out scenes from the book.
Cheerio Worms - Simple Fine-Motor Skills Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me

For our worms, we used:
Pipe Cleaners
Cheerios
Googly Eyes
Hot Glue Gun or Tacky Glue

To get the kids started, I put a loop in the end of their pipe cleaners to create the head of the worm.
Cheerio Worms - Simple Fine-Motor Skills Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me
As they worked to put Cheerios on their worms, we talked about how they represented the segments of the worms and the kids counted to see how many they could fit on their pipe cleaners.
This was a great activity for reinforcing counting skills and getting the kids to use math vocabulary terms like "more than" and "less than" in an organic way.
Cheerio Worms - Simple Fine-Motor Skills Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me When, they were finished, I helped the younger ones bend their pipe cleaners to keep their Cheerios in place.  Then, we used a hot glue gun to add googly eyes to their worms.
Cheerio Worms - Simple Fine-Motor Skills Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me
For more worm crafts and activities, check out this comprehensive list from Lemon Lime Adventures.
worms lesson guide
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