That’s what my youngest daughter said.
And that’s what my oldest daughter said when I asked if they wanted to play with this wiggly worm sensory bin.
Their responses didn’t surprise me. For years my oldest has delighted in catching worms and bugs of all kinds while my youngest is happy to observe from a comfortable distance. But that didn’t stop them both from enjoying this messy play activity. Use it at home just for fun or include it as part of a spring, underground, or W is for worms theme.
Don’t miss the video tutorial included at the end of this article, so you can see the fun in action!
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To prepare the sensory bin you’ll need to make goop. We made ours by combining 3 parts corn starch and 1 part unsweetened cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. After gently combining it we added water in about 3 tbsp increments and stirred. At first it will be hard clumpy. Keep adding water and stirring. When the goop slowly glides off the spoon you’ve got the right consistency.
Next we poured the goop into a shallow baking pan. We added plastic worms from the fishing section at our local retail store and some pebbles. Then it was playtime!
Kids love to see the goop slide off the worms and then off their own hands. It’s a wonderful sensory experience.
This one’s definitely messy so plan for cleanup ahead of time by placing a large bin of water nearby. And you can even have the kids wash off all the materials in the water bin. They’ll have fun with it!
After cleanup time, keep the sensory play going with a worm play dough invitation or our much less messy worm counting sensory bin with free printable number cubes.
See the wiggly worm sensory bin in action!
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This pack includes editable preschool lesson plans and hands-on activities for a week full of math, reading, & science learning activities about worms and mud. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
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Oh, this is soooooo great!!!! I cannot wait to try it out with my little guys!!! 🤩🤩🤩
That’s great to hear, Ariel! Let us know how it goes!
Could I use gummy worms instead?
Sure! Great creative! Just make sure they are safe for your little learners.
Is this goop something you can make ahead and it will hold? 🙂
Yes, you can make it ahead of time. I’d store it in an airtight container until ready for use. It may need a good stir or a little extra water if it seems to harden up while sitting.
I remember my dad had those worms when I was growing up and I would always pull them apart!! The had the funkiest smell.
Haha! They do have a strange smell 🙂
Oh my! This is so fantastic! Can’t wait to try with the kids. ?