Inchworm gluing and painting activity in pre-kindergarten

In my last post, I  shared with you how we read the book Inch by Inch” by Leo Lionni then made and measured playdough inchworms. As we read the book, we talked about how the inchworm was hard to see among the tall blades of grass and why the inchworm might want to hide in the grass. To extend the inchworm book into art we created our own paper inchworms and hid them in the grass too…

We started by gluing a green paper strip on a sheet of paper and then put a dot above it. You will notice that the inchworm looks a bit like a lower case “i”.  My goal was to combine a little letter recognition in the process of making our inchworm pictures…

Because inchworms move their bodies up and down, we only glued down the ends of the paper strips and pushed them in a bit so the inchworm would have a little curve in its body.  The children got the idea right away…

The children followed the 10 second rule and counted to 10 as they held down the ends of their paper strips so the glue would stick and the inchworm wouldn’t fall over…

Once they had their inchworm on the paper, the children then added some green grass by using a plastic fork to paint the grass all around the inchworm…

I noticed that whether the children are writing a lower case “i” or making the inchworm “i”, many of them want that dot to touch the line of the “i”. The children just can’t seem to grasp that there should be a space between the dot and the line. I just thought that was interesting to observe today…

Some of our children really went to great lengths trying to hide their inchworms in the grass.  They even painted over the inchworm so he couldn’t be seen…

No bird is going to find this inchworm!

By |2011-11-03T18:00:06+00:00November 3rd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. TheBargainBabe November 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Adorable! I love how the inchworms are 3dimensional on the paper.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      We wanted to make “real” inchworms:)

  2. Alison November 4, 2011 at 3:06 am - Reply

    painting with a fork what a great idea, I will have to give this a go.

  3. Terri November 4, 2011 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Oh how fun! I’ve never thought to paint with plastic forks… we’ll have to give this a try.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 5, 2011 at 10:41 am - Reply

      We used it before with our caterpillars:)

  4. Mara July 22, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Back in 2014 I found an Inchworm song you wrote on an older website of yours. When I went back to hear it again (hoping to use it at my preschool during the next few weeks the video no longer existed. I have the lyrics, I just don’t recall the melody. Any chance you can get back to me on that some time soon (before our Insect theme at camp ends)?

    • Deborah Stewart July 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      I have sent it to you!

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