Wiggle Worm Singing Time Jar

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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!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Wiggle Worm Primary Singing Time Jar

I love using a wiggle worm jar in a variety of ways in singing time!  Store it in the closet so it’s always handy when you need it in a moment’s notice!

There are a variety of ways to create your own, unique wiggle worm jar!  I have 2 options below including:

  1. Crafted Wiggle Worms
  2. Wiggle Worm Printable

Craft your own Wiggle Worms:

With a few simple craft supplies, you can easily make some wiggle worms!

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

To make these, 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 (scroll down for a list of wiggle songs I recommend!).  Then laminate, cut out and fold accordion style.

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

2. Wiggle Worm Printable

To simplify, print this 4-page wiggle worm printable instead (it is also available in black and white):

Camille's Primary Ideas: Wiggle Worm Primary Singing Time Jar
Camille's Primary Ideas: Wiggle Worm Primary Singing Time Jar
Camille's Primary Ideas: Wiggle Worm Primary Singing Time Jar
Camille's Primary Ideas: Wiggle Worm Primary Singing Time Jar

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Print on card stock, laminate and cut out.

Editing Capabilities Option

If you want to edit the list of wiggle songs, you can (also available in black and white as well)!  Add your own text to any of the blue areas before printing using Adobe Reader or Preview.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Wiggle Worm Primary Singing Time Jar

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Purchase the Editable Wiggle Worms Printable

The editable Wiggle worm printable (in color and black and white) is also available in my shop for $1.99.

Make a Wiggle Worm Jar

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

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

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

This printable is also available to download in the Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

Wiggle Worm Songs

Each wiggle worm has a song written on them.

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
  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 
  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
  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
  21. Latter-day Prophets p. 134
  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
  27. The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
  28. The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281
  29. We Welcome You p. 256
  30. We Are Different p. 263
  31. We’re All Together Again p. 259
  32. When We’re Helping p. 198

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

*The songs marked above with a (*) have items for children to hold that I recommend including in a singing time music bag.  

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 using this flip chart format.

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

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.

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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