I Can Only Draw Worms 



“I embrace simplicity and see the significant

meaning behind simple symbols”

Children will explore counting and number

concepts through “worm” play inspired

by the story “I Can Only Draw Worms”

by Will Mabbit

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I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hay5BRsw_M

10  10-15 centimeter (4-6 inch) pieces of yarn or string

Number flash cards 1-10 (optional)


Read or watch I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbit

Count along on each page

Introduce your pieces of yarn as worms.  Invite your child to tell their own version of the story using the following sentence structure: “Here is worm (1,2,3, ect.), he is (make up an action).”

Holistic Engagement

Sensory play with "worms" and dirt




Match “worms” to the corresponding numeral using number flash cards









Make your worms different sizes and practice lining them up biggest to smallest

Practice making numerals out of your string worms






Have fun drawing worms

Questions to Ask

Why is a worm easy to draw?

How many worms were in the story?

Can you count the worms?

Which worm is the biggest? Smallest?

Can you turn the worms into a number?

Mindfulness Prompts

Take a deep breath before you start to count.

Carefully and slowly arrange your worms so they look like the number you are trying to make

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