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
I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbit
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).”
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?
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