Worms in the Library


Every Friday at 2.30pm our craft club begins. It’s for primary school age children but we welcome little ones if crafty adults are on hand to help. We try to link crafts to seasons or events where we can. For Burns Night we made haggis and scrolls:


This week we had Changeworks visiting. They are a local environmental charity. This is Emily from Changeworks playing the rubbish game:


Emily was here to give people advice on what to do with rubbish. We wanted a craft to tie in with the rubbish theme so we went for Grass Head Worms. I’m rather fond of Grass Head Worms because:

  • They’re cute
  • They grow real grass hair that can be styled with scissors!
  • You can make them from reused materials (old tights, takeaway boxes)
  • They help children to remember that worms make compost
  • They show children that compost helps the garden to grow
  • Once upon a time I created them (they’re sort of my children)

Here are the worms the children made:


The last two (Wiggly and Lisa) were made by Bonnington House Nursery.

And here’s one I made earlier. He is the first. The father of all grass head worms: Father Grass Head (check his grassy beard):


We added your worms to our wiggly worm facebook album. Please send us photos of them once they get hairy. 

If you like making things and looking after the planet then you’re in luck. We have a 4Rs roadshow here in the library on the 8th March at 3pm. It includes crafts and you can sew your trousers and fix your laptop too! More here


About auntyemily

Screenwriter (CBeebies), science communicator, storyteller, author, podcaster and poet. @auntyemily on twitter (:
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4 Responses to Worms in the Library

  1. Hey Aunty Emily! Do you just mix the seeds in with the compost before stuffing into old tights, and how often do you water them?

    • auntyemily says:

      Hi Trella. They work best if you scatter the seed along the top of the worm over the compost and under the tights. If you mix it they don’t all grow and they grow out the sides and all over the place. Depends on the worm you’re looking for but I think hair just along the top looks best. Water them every day – just check by feeling them, if the worm is dry it needs a drink. Hope that’s helpful! (:

  2. Sharon says:

    This was a fab activity, the kids loved it, we wil being doing lots more back at the Nursery! Look forward to seeing them grow! Thanks to the library and to Emily for her help.
    Sharon – Bonnington House Nursery.

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