Wiggle your way through phonics with worm word families. Create your own worms and apples to share with your class for a fun activity on vowel sounds, letter blends, or beginning and ending sounds.

What You Need:

  • Scissors
  • Red and green construction paper
  • Glue
  • Green craft sticks (lots of them!)
  • Markers

What You Do:

  1. Cut out apple shapes from the red construction paper. You will need at least one per child or one for each word family.
  2. Cut a stem and leaf for each apple from the green construction paper. Glue them to the top of the apples.
  3. Make two vertical slits in the middle of the apple that are just large enough for a craft stick to fit through, and spaced widely enough for a few letters.
  4. Write a single letter or letter blend between the slits on the apples.
  5. Draw a simple face for the worm at one end of each green craft stick. Write the other letters needed to make words on the craft sticks. Each side of the stick can have different letters to make more words and conserve sticks.
  6. Have students slide the “worm” through the slits to create words and read.
  7. Use the apples for vowel sounds, letter blends, beginning/ending sounds, etc.


Tip: Laminate the apples to make them durable.