Earlier this week I had an email from Scholastic sharing some of the FREE Julia Donaldson-related resources they’ve produced for 3-5 and 5-7 year olds. So we thought we’d try out the Superworm EYFS activity. I have two girls, B, aged just-turned-two and M, very-nearly-four. We made our own Superworms which turned into belts, then dug for ‘treasure’ in the soil in our back garden, just like Superworm does in the story. Read on to find out how I planned this Superworm activity, and whether the girls enjoyed it.
The night before we wanted to do the activity, I measured the girls waists (and refused to tell them why!) then measured out an appropriate length of backing wallpaper. I like to have a roll handy for arts and crafts and it was perfect for this activity, as A3 paper wouldn’t have been long enough. However, you could easily stick two or more pieces of paper together to achieve the same result. I then drew on two large worms using a sharpie, and cut them out. To complete the last of the worm-making prep, I cut some short strips of pink tissue paper and found some glue from the craft cupboard.
Next, I needed to create some ‘treasure’ for the girls to find in the garden. Scholastic suggest a mixture of ‘precious’ and less precious things, in order to spark discussion about what makes something treasure. So, I collected up various things like old teaspoons, corks and lolly sticks, then I added some large silver coins from our collection of random foreign currency and made a couple of toddler-sized bracelets out of some beads. I buried them in the garden in the morning, while the girls were busy doing something else!
While Matthew read the story of Superworm with the girls, I set up the kitchen table with the worm craft activity. I had originally planned to use pritt stick, but we weren’t convinced that the tissue paper would stick well enough, so switched to PVA glue instead. The girls loved using the glue sticks to spread the glue – it was certainly a sensory experience for B!
The girls enjoyed making their worms, but the novelty wore off about 75% of the way through the activity. As the worms needed to be long enough to go around their waist, there was quite a lot of paper to cover! However, with a bit of encouragement they made it to the end, and the worms looked really good.
We then decided to stop for some lunch, to allow our worms a little bit of time to dry. After we’d finished eating, we talked again about all the different ways that the other creatures in the book used Superworm. As a skipping rope, train, slide and hat, amongst other things! We then used paper clips to secure the worms as a belt.
Once the girls had spent some time modelling their Superworm belts, I told them that there was some treasure buried in the soil for them to find. They used some small spades to dig in the soil and M was thrilled to discover some ‘treasure’. However, she considered everything that she found to be treasure – especially the corks!
M particularly enjoyed wearing her foraged bracelets. I made one for each of the girls, but B decided that she isn’t a fan of jewellery. She preferred to scoop soil into her hair instead…
Once we’d finished our Superworm treasure hunt, the girls wanted to continue playing in the garden. So, we decided to leave decorating the butterflies from the Scholastic pack for another day. At bedtime, M asked if we could do that tomorrow, so I’m taking the day’s activities as a win!
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