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Worm Races at Storytime

Our Wolfville branch does a Spring storytime each year featuring Worm Races. I asked them to do a write up about it, so here’s a guest post from Emily Leeson at our Wolfvlle branch:

frog craft

frog craft

Spring has finally sprung here in the Annapolis Valley! While the weather outside may still be unpredictable, it’s still the perfect time to bring a bit of spring into the library. The crew at the Wolfville Memorial Library recently welcomed the season with their fifth annual worm races during the monthly special Springtime Storytime held the last Tuesday of the month. This year, the theme had special significance as the library has also taken on a new gardening project. Through the generous support of the TD Friends of the Environment Fund, the Wolfville Memorial Library is now the proud site of a brand new pollinator-friendly garden. Throughout the summer, the aptly-named Pollinator Project will involve activities for all ages will be centered around the creation and management of this special garden.

The Springtime storytime is set for ages 3-5 years with their caretakers on hand. A good crowd gathered this year as the annual event is anticipated by many. Stories and songs set the tone for the Springtime festivities. These included:

Wiggle Waggle by Caroline Arnold, Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum, and Bob and Otto by Robert Bruel. For even more wormy ideas, check our WORMS Pinterest board!

May the best worm win

May the best worm win

Alice set up the worms races by placing down a tarp marked with an inner and outer circle. The worms were placed in the inner circle, lightly sprayed with water to get them going and the crowd cheered as they inched their way towards the outer circle. The first one to pass was crowned the winner. After several heats, an overall winner was established and the entire crew sang, ‘You are the Champion’ (with a few wormy-words changed to fit the day) in his/her honour.

You are the Champion
(Wormy Mercury version)

You wiggled along
You won the race
Segments that pulled
Put you in first place

Back to the dirt
No hook for you
You squiggled and squirmed
And squirmed and squiggled
And you came through

Crawl on and on and on and on
You are the champion my friend
And you’ll keep on squirming ‘til the end
You are the champion
You are the champion
No time for fishing
‘Cause you are the champion of the worms

A simple snack was offered: Goldfish crackers acting as tadpole for the theme. A frog-themed craft was available and the storytime finished up with children planting seeds to be later transferred into the library gardens.

A few fun books to share


Good news, bad news  by Jeff Mack

The classic “when life gives you lemons” story is told in only 4 words and a cleverly illustrated story. You’ll need to extend the book with lots of questions and have the kids help you tell this one, but it could be great fun!

Don’t Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen

Poor puffin – 3 little gulls are so annoying as they copy everything he says and does. This is a fun little romp with a tiny little lesson in patience and friendship. Vocabulary builder: kids will certainly understand the meaning of the word “annoying” after reading this book. Delve into more of Allen’s books, including I’m not Santa, I’m not cute, and others.

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Owl and rabbit are great neighbours until one day when their house-building obsessions get out of hand. They finally realize that working together is best. This is a good little tale of cooperation and friendship. Could be extended with a building exercise—how about LEGO, toilet paper tubes, or boxes?

The King Who Wouldn’t Sleep by Debbie Singleton

Kids who know about counting sheep will get the joke in this tale of a king who swears he will not sleep until he finds the perfect prince for his daughter. Add it to bedtime and pajama storytimes for a fun twist on the “counting sheep” theme. Need I say that you can add in some intentional counting when sharing this one?

Underground by Denise Fleming

See what happens under the ground in this sparsely worded yet rich-in-vocabulary exploration. Young nature lovers will enjoy seeing the underground world that Fleming has created. Would be a nice addition to a storytime featuring worms and dirt. Worm races anyone?

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