Inchworm sensory and magnet play in preschool

Continuing with our inchworm fun, the children really enjoyed this inchworm magnet and sensory play activity…

I used a paper shredder to make some green “grass” from construction paper.  I think I cut up about 5 sheets of paper to get all of this paper.  For the inchworms, Miss Abby helped me cut up some green pipe cleaners and then bend them up and down a bit…

Because the pipe cleaners are magnetic, we also set out our magnet wands.  Before the children came to school, Miss Abby hid the inchworms in the grass so the children could hunt for them. Again, we were focusing on how inchworms hide in the grass so the birds won’t eat them just like we did in the Inchworm Gluing and Painting activity we did yesterday…

The children used both their hands and the magnetic wands to search for and to move the inchworms from one tray to the other…

I overheard lots of fun conversations that included mommy inchworms looking for their baby inchworms. Our three year olds particularly liked this activity!

By |2011-11-04T06:00:13+00:00November 4th, 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. Little Wonders' Days November 4, 2011 at 6:37 am - Reply

    This is such a cute idea! I bet preschoolers do find this exciting.

  2. jackie November 6, 2011 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I have a huge bag of shredded paper that we haven’t used yet. While it’s not colourful, I’m sure we can do something interesting with it. Your green “grass” looks like so much fun!

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