Monday, January 31, 2011

Wiggle Worm Jar

I don't know about you, but 20 minutes working on ONE song can occasionally get long and boring. Especially for those little ones who just came from sitting in Sacrament meeting! To break up the time and get our wiggles out, I pull out my wiggle worm jar every week...


I use this jar for about the first 5 minutes of singing time. I tell the kids I need my best wigglers to pick our wiggle songs. They know the drill and go to town wiggling. I then get to pick the wiggliest one (haha, so fun)! They come and choose a worm and we sing the song (with actions if it applies). My original plan was to only do this in Jr. Primary but I have found that Sr. Primary enjoys it just as much. My 11 year old boys crack me up wiggling!!

We sing about 3-4 songs from the jar each week. I like it because we get to sing other songs that we otherwise would never, ever get to sing! It's also a great tool for a last minute substitute or if your singing time wasn't long enough and you need to kill a little time. I keep the jar in our Primary closet so it's always available (and it's one less thing to tote to church)!!

I've tried to pick "classic" songs that everyone SHOULD know but some of them are not very familiar still. So I do have words printed out on a sheet of paper if I feel the kids don't know the words to a particular song (like the song Saturday).

I made my worms using various colored card stock that I cut into strips. I then wrote out the names of Primary songs and their page numbers on the slips of paper. I laminated the paper (I used packing tape for these!) and folded them accordion style. I then got some pom poms and google eyes cheap from Walmart and hot glued on the pom poms, eyes and noses to make a head/face. Then I attached the head to the laminated paper so they somewhat resemble worms...


For my jar I just covered up a plastic jar I found around my house. Nothing fancy!  You can download and print my label document HERE if you can find a jar where it will fit.



Here are the songs I used:
A Happy Family p. 198
Book of Mormon Stories p. 118
Daddy's Homecoming p. 210
Do As I'm Doing p. 276
Follow the Prophet p. 110
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes p. 275
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169
If You're Happy p. 266
My Hands p. 273
Once There Was a Snowman p. 249
Popcorn Popping p. 242
Saturday p. 196
The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281

I ended up writing a 2nd song on the backside of most of the worms with a sharpie marker and it's been great!  I can choose between two songs which has been a nice option.  Here are my additions:

Latter-Day Prophets p. 134
"Give," Said the Little Stream p. 236
For Health and Strength, p. 21
Go the Second Mile p. 167
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam p. 60
Nephi's Courage p. 120Fun To Do p. 253
Healthy Wealthy and Wise p. 280

If you can think of more, leave a comment!

Also, a lot of my songs are ones we sing in nursery. If a nursery song is picked and I have my nursery props (see previous nursery post HERE), I pull those out - like Follow the Prophet. I pull out my President Monson stick and we follow the leader around the primary room while we sing.

11 comments:

The Mecham Family said...

Great stuff :)
This year to help me pick volunteers, I used my mom's Cricut and cut a bunch of goldfish and labeled each one with a child's name, then I have them in an old round fishbowl. I bring this each week to help me "fairly" pick volunteers.

Parley and Anna and family! said...

Great idea! And I just looked up your nursery plan and I LOVE it! If the Primary Pres okays it, we are going to start it this week! I can't wait!
Thanks so much for the great ideas!

Brett and Vivienne Caudle said...

great idea!

Kathleen said...

A cute, cute idea, Camille. I have two different cans of wiggle worms, but I like yours too! I don't think you can have enough wiggle worms. Thanks for the idea.

Sadie said...

I am so excited to try this. Just finished up my Jar of Wiggle Worms for tomorrow. Thank you so much, I just love all of your ideas.

noelle said...

Seriously adorable! Thanks for the idea!!

evelania said...

I'm trying to figure it out but how did you attach the song to the "worm"? Thanks!

Camille said...

I hope I answer your question correctly...if not, let me know!

I wrote the name of the song on paper just with a pen and hot glued that paper (after I laminated it) to the pom pom (head part).

Sarah Hull said...

I love this thank you so much!!!

Alex & Ashlee said...

Thank you so much for your blog and all your ideas! They save me every Sunday!

Sally Ashmore said...

One of our favorites is Roll Your Hands, p. 274, although we switch the verses so that we're rolling them swiftly, then slowly. This helps transition the kids to be reverence ready.