This week’s Story Book Summer is all about Bugs and Butterflies today I’m welcoming Jodie from Growing Book by Book to share a fun activity/craft based on the book Superworm by Julia Donaldson.

Hello Rainy Day Mum readers! My name is Jodie from Growing Book by Book and I’m so happy to be guest posting today.

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover author, Julia Donaldson. But, I’m so glad that I did. Her books have become instant hits in our house. One of our newest favorites is Superworm.

Superworm - creative art with yarn bring the book alive as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

The Book

Superworm is the story of an incredible worm that always lends a hand and adapts to different kinds of situations. When he is captured by a wicked lizard, the other wiggly creatures devise a plan to rescue him. Spiders use their special spinning web skills. The bees help to create a sticky situation and all the flying bugs help to deliver the wicked master right to the rubbage pile. When Superworm is freed he returns to being the great worm all the animals know and love.

The book has great rhythm which makes it a great read-aloud. Alex Scheffler’s illustrations are beautiful and engaging.

Why not read some other books all about worms – check out our selection of the Best Worm Books for Kids

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The Activity

After we read the story, we engaged in a creative art activity to extend the story. We made superworm pictures.

Materials needed to make Superworm Yarn Art:

brown or gray yarn, white glue, white paper, drawing utensils (crayons, markers or colored pencils)

How to make Superworm Yarn Art

Give each child three lengths of string. Have them order them from shortest to longest. This is a quick and easy way to work on a math concept and help develop vocabulary.

Superworm - creative art with yarn bring the book alive as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Tell the child they have three superworms and they can turn them into anything they want. Dip each worm into glue and create the desired shape on the paper.

Superworm - creative art with yarn bring the book alive as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

After the glue has dried, the child can return to the picture to add details with crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Superworm - creative art with yarn bring the book alive as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

My train obsessed 3 year-old wanted his worms to be train tracks. As soon as they dried, he grabbed his trains and began clickety-clacking down the track.

Superworm - creative art with yarn bring the book alive as part of Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

When the pictures are complete, encourage your child to make up a story about their superworms picture. Storytelling is a wonderful language development activity. Older children may enjoy writing their stories.

Are you interested in reading more great books by Julia Donaldson? Stickman and The Snail and the Whale are two more of our favorites.

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Jodie is a mom of two young boys ( 2 and 3.5). She is a former early childhood and elementary teacher and administrator. She has a passion for chocolate, cooking and nurturing our youngest readers.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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