These worm activities for preschool are sure to be popular with young students! Children love anything with dirt and mud. Exploring, observing, and investigating are the building blocks of a good scientist, and these worm activities are fun, too!
What is a Scientist?
Many preschool teachers tend to feel overwhelmed when thinking about how to incorporate science into their classroom, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! Children are naturally inquisitive. They ask why something happened or needs to happen. Children enjoy taking things apart and piecing things together to see how they operate. They even tend to crawl around and look at things adults would otherwise not think twice about.
All of these are qualities of a scientist. Simply inquiring and exploring the world around them is science! Providing authentic opportunities for children to explore and foster their inquisitive nature will create a classroom filled with fun and science!
Pair worm activities with this engaging Pond Circle Time Unit
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Worm Activities for Preschool in the Classroom
“Worms?! Yuck!” Where many adults may think of worms as slimy and gross, most children don’t have those same worries. Students are intrigued by these creatures that live in the dirt. Use that love of all things ‘worm’ to get the most out of these quick set-up worm activities for preschool.
Create a worm math station on the light table. Print off numbered sheets or sign up below to get the free cards shown here. Soft, translucent, and artificial worms fill in for the real deal. Students use one-to-one correspondence to count out the number of worms shown on the card. Have students who need more of a challenge? Provide simple addition problems using the worms as math manipulatives.
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Provide opportunities for students to explore and observe real earthworms in the science center! Nightcrawlers are an inexpensive purchase at most sporting goods stores, bait shops, or big box stores. Allow students to use magnifying glasses to explore the earthworms and listen to the questions and discoveries that follow (“Where are their ears?”). When the day is done, release the worms outside in the garden.
Want to get in on the worm fun but not ready to fully commit to a tray full of them? Don’t fret! The Pond Life Circle Time Unit has an entire day filled with all things worms. Students will delight in games and activities that include a worm theme. Real-life pictures are a great addition and are sure to spark conversation among the students.
More Worm Fun!
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