Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Worm Day Activities

      Alec found the movie Stellaluna at our library yesterday and was disappointed when we couldn't find the book to go with it.  Our library's only copy was listed as lost.  Luckily, I was able to find this wonderful read aloud of the book on YouTube.  Next thing I knew all three boys were listening to the story and had abandoned their toys.  They then went to watch the movie so they could compare the two.  Alec predicted that the movie was going to be very different from the book.  He noticed that they added a lot of extra scenes into the movie that were not in the book.
      After the movie ended they decided to eat some breakfast and watch Travel With Kids to Mexico.  I quickly realized it was going to be one of those lazy days for the kids and I could either keep nagging them to get ready for the day or I could enjoy the fact that they were all finally getting along.  I decided to leave them be and sat back to watch them play together.   While I had quite a bit planned to get to today there is no pressing need to finish it all.  If they're finding ways to keep occupied and are getting along, I'm content with that. 
      Ian planted the seed from his orange at breakfast.  He hunted all around for soil, a plastic cup and a good sunny place to put the plant.  While he was doing all of that Alec and Evan started building an elaborate habitat out of blocks for all of the plastic dinosaurs.  They made up a whole elaborate story and went hunting for even more toys.  They must have played for close to an hour. 

      I think it was almost noon by the time I reminded the boys about the library's "worm day" today.  We weren't sure what it was all about, but the two children's librarians had planned a fun themed day around worms today and we were pretty interested to find out what that was all about.  We headed to one of the community rooms and waited to see what we were going to be doing today.  Lots of kids showed up and the boys were thrilled to find some old school mates there.  The two older boys were picked to help our librarian with the start of the day.  They acted like a worm and did all sorts of tricks.  For the final trick the worm was going to jump over a boy.  Alec was the backside... he "peed" on the boy the worm was trying to jump over when Alec tipped a small cup of water onto the boys back.  Once the demonstration was over they divided the children off into groups and had 4 different stations set up around the room.  
getting their assignment 

Here's the worm 
      Station #1  Worm Racing:  For worm racing they set up what looked like a dollar store shower curtain and made a few targets with a start and stop area.  The kids picked actual worms and sprayed the targets with water to entice the worms to move into the middle of the targets.  It was funny since most of the worms didn't move all that fast and those that were moving pretty much moved where ever they wanted. 

      Station #2  Worm painting.  The librarians placed long pieces of yarn into bowls of washable tempera paint and the kids had to use their fingers to pull out a strand of yarn.  Then they wiggled the yarn across their paper to make neat designs. 


   Station #3  Build a worm.  The librarians prepared tongue depressors with a magnetic backing and the kids glued pompoms of various sizes onto them.  They also had some sticker googlie eyes in various sizes for the kids to pick from in making their worms.  They came out really cute. 

     Station #4 Catch a Worm.  They had small dessert plates set up with some gummy worms and topped with a pile of whipped cream.  The kids had to line up along the table edge and, with their hands behind their heads, try to dig the worms out of the pile of cream using only their teeth.  They then had to put them in their cups.  The first kid to pick out all three worms was the winner.  But, of course, every kid was a winner since they all got to eat the pile of whipped cream and the gummy worms! 

    Station #5-- Worm hunt. To finish off the day they had a worm search outside.  The librarians hid little pieces of red and yellow yarn around the yard of the library and all the kids went running and searching for "worms." The team who found the most won. 
    Impromptu Actvity #6 --Worm Tag.  Alec then had the idea to play worm tag.  The librarians thought it was a good idea so Alec went back inside and found a piece of string.  The game is played much like freeze tag except when tagged instead of freezing the person wiggled like a worm (some kids chose to do this sanding up, other chose to drop to the ground a wiggle).   The person with the string was the tagger and anyone who did not have a string could un"worm" the people the tagger tagged.  (OK-- Did you get that at all?!  It's not that easy to explain but it was very easy to play!). 

    Activity #7-- Dirt Cake & Books.  Once the kids had sufficiently gotten out all of their energy they assembled everyone back inside and the kids all got a cup of dirt cake and worms and the librarian read a few worm stories to the kids.  She then asked a few comprehension questions about the story and handed out some prizes of t- shirts, water bottles and bags.  Everyone loved the stories-- Diary of a Worm and Worms for lunch.

     A few of the kids headed back outside to play tag again and it was quite some time before we were ready to leave.  We listened to the last of our Boxcar Children books on the way home and finished up the Ghost Ship Mystery.  Once home the boys all played very nicely.  It was dark and looked like we were about to get a storm so the boys all elected to play inside.  Alec and I played Old Maid while Ian and Evan played with trucks, blocks and the Batcave.  They soon migrated over to us and we all played a round or two of UNO. 


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