Monday, June 4, 2012

Wiggly Worm Painting (Single Stem)

Worms are a favorite of one of my boys (thanks to him you will probably find many more “bug” ideas on this blog). This idea came about in a funny way. My oldest (Hornet) an I were making up a sample Coffee Filter Butterfly for a Butterfly Playdate. A box of worms that we had bought earlier that day for Roly Poly were sitting right by us so naturally the idea came up to try and put the worms on the drops of watercolor. It was very fun and soon all of us were joining in on the fun! Just make sure you don't leave them i the paint for too long and give them a little rinse before putting them back in the soil.

Enjoy this Single Stem idea of Worm Painting for
Sprouts and Seedlings (toddler/preschool and elementary age)...

The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
  • Paper
  • Paint (water colors, tempera mixed with water, food coloring in water~this is what we used)
  • Eye dropper or paint brush to apply the paint
  • Wiggly worms (yes, alive)
Prep the paint.
1. Put several paint splotches on a piece of paper with eye dropper or paint brush.
*I have several bottles of watered down paint that we just squirt on the paper when using tempera paint mixed with water.

2. Add the worm or worms and let them do the work. *Warning – the worms may poo on the painting – this just adds to the giggles at my house. It can easily be wiped off when the painting is dry.

3. Give the worms a quick rinse before you let them free (We just read at the back of Wiggle and Waggle by Caroline Arnold that the worms breathe through their skin so you better not let them be in the paint for too long and make sure you give them a rinse).

4. Let worms go, wash hands and let painting dry.

*If you have a soft spot in your heart for worms do not do this worm painting because there have been no tests performed to determine what the paint does to their little worm bodies.

Doing this craft makes my brain start thinking up some other crafts and activities for a Worm Party! Stay tuned, their may soon be a Bouquet Event added for Worms!

More ideas…

Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Worm Painting!
Happy Crafting
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