Wiggle Worm Singing Time Jar


If you have a wiggly primary, try a wiggle worm singing time jar!  Use it for transition time, to break up an activity or for when you have extra time in singing time!  You primary will love being told to wiggle!

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How to Make a Wiggle Worms

There are TONS of ways to create your own, unique wiggle worms!  This is how I made mine:

Use various colored card stock that are cut into strips. Write out the names of  various primary songs and their page numbers on the slips of paper.  Then laminate.  Fold them accordion style.

Then hot glue large pom poms on the end to create a head.  Glue on smaller pom poms for a nose.  Lastly, glue on some google eyes.

These are how mine turned out:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Wiggle Worm Jar Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

Wiggle Worm Songs

Each wiggle worm has 2 songs written on them – one song on each side.  This way you can choose between two songs.

This is my list of 32 wiggle songs found throughout the Children’s Songbook.  Most of the songs can easily be sung by using actions or with a simple singing time prop )see the links for more details).

  1. A Happy Family p. 198
  2. Book of Mormon Stories p. 118*
  3. Come With Me to Primary p. 255 (see how we sing this one HERE)
  4. Daddy’s Homecoming p. 210*
  5. Do As I’m Doing p. 276*
  6. Follow the Prophet p. 110*
  7. For Health and Strength, p. 21
  8. Friends Are Fun p. 262 (see how we sing this one HERE)
  9. Fun To Do p. 253
  10. “Give,” Said the Little Stream p. 236*
  11. Go the Second Mile p. 167
  12. Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes p. 275*
  13. Healthy Wealthy and Wise p. 280
  14. Here We Are Together p. 261
  15. Hello, Friends! p. 254 (see how we sing this one HERE)
  16. I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169*
  17. If You’re Happy p. 266*
  18. Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam p. 60*
  19. My Hands p. 273
  20. Nephi’s Courage p. 120 (find some fun props HERE)
  21. Latter-day Prophets p. 134 (find my actions HERE)
  22. Once There Was a Snowman p. 249*
  23. Our Door Is Always Open p. 254
  24. Popcorn Popping p. 242*
  25. Saturday p. 196
  26. Smiles p. 267 (see how we sing this one HERE)
  27. The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
  28. The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281  (see how we sing this one HERE)
  29. We Welcome You p. 256 (see how we sing this one HERE)
  30. We Are Different p. 263 (see how we sing this one HERE)
  31. We’re All Together Again p. 259 (see how we sing this one HERE)
  32. When We’re Helping p. 198 (see how we sing this one HERE)

Download this list at my my Resource Library to give list to your pianist.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

*The songs marked above with a (*) have props included in a singing time music bag.   Find more details on creating a music bag HERE.  

Create a Singing Time Music Bag

For instance, if the worm for Follow the Prophet is drawn, use the prophet sticks as you sing (either pass them around the room or choose one child to be the leader and the rest of the primary follows). 

This list includes what I consider “classic” songs that everyone SHOULD know.  However, some of them are not very familiar still.  For those really unfamiliar songs, try posting the words like I do HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Help children and teacher sing by posting the words in singing time during your lesson plan

Make the Jar:

For the jar, simply cover up a plastic container found around you house. Nothing fancy required!  I created this label to cover the food packaging:

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Access my printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

How to Use a Wiggle Worm Jar

Tell the primary you need the best wigglers to pick your wiggle songs. Then proceed to have them demonstrate their best wiggling!

Pick the wiggliest one (haha, so fun)!  Have them choose a wiggle worm from the jar then sing the song.

Sing the song with actions if it applies or a prop found in your singing time music bag.

You may initially feel that this is only appropriate for Jr. primary.  But you’ll be surprised to find that Sr. primary enjoys it just as much. My 11 year old boys crack me up wiggling!!

We sing about 3-4 songs from the jar each week. I like it because we get to sing other songs that we otherwise would never, ever get to sing!

It’s also a great tool for a last minute substitute or if your singing time wasn’t long enough and you need to kill a little time.

TIP: keep the jar in your primary closet so it’s always available and one less thing to tote to church!!

More Wiggle Activities

Make sure to check out all of my singing time activities that help get wiggles out!  Scroll through them all HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Hope They Call Me on a Mission singing time ideas

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Wiggle Worm Jar.


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16 thoughts on “Wiggle Worm Singing Time Jar”

  1. Great stuff 🙂
    This year to help me pick volunteers, I used my mom's Cricut and cut a bunch of goldfish and labeled each one with a child's name, then I have them in an old round fishbowl. I bring this each week to help me "fairly" pick volunteers.

  2. A cute, cute idea, Camille. I have two different cans of wiggle worms, but I like yours too! I don't think you can have enough wiggle worms. Thanks for the idea.

  3. I hope I answer your question correctly…if not, let me know!

    I wrote the name of the song on paper just with a pen and hot glued that paper (after I laminated it) to the pom pom (head part).

  4. One of our favorites is Roll Your Hands, p. 274, although we switch the verses so that we're rolling them swiftly, then slowly. This helps transition the kids to be reverence ready.

  5. I made these a few years ago after being inspired by your post! That was when I was a counselor and we were seriously lacking on the music side of things with one of us filling in most weeks. Saved us so many times. Now we are in a new ward and I am the Primary Music Leader (yay!! dream calling!) and I'm about to make a new jar because I left my old one for the other ward. Some of the songs I had that aren't here are "Stand Up" (278), "Fun to do" (253) and "I Wiggle" 271

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