This silly bookworm encourages children to turn off the TV and read. Add another STYROFOAM™ ball each time a book is read and see how long and fast it grows!
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STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Balls: 3", one (head); 2-1/2", one for each book read
- (body); 3/4", two (antennae)
- Acrylic paints, assorted bright colors
- Purple chenille stems, three or more
- 3/4" wiggle eyes, two
- 1/2" pink pom pom, one
- Felt scraps, assorted colors
- 2" black top hat
- Wooden skewers
- Heavyweight glass quart jar
- 1. Insert a wooden skewer into each foam ball to use as ahandle while painting. Using photo as a guide, paint each ballthe desired color and then stand in a quart jar to dry.
- 2. Attach head and body foam balls with chenille stemcouplings. To make couplings, cut chenille stem into 1-1/2"lengths and bend each in a U shape. Dip the ends of oneU-shape chenille stem into glue; press the ends into back of3" head ball, leaving a small loop protruding. Hook a secondU-shape chenille stem onto this loop, dip the ends into glue,and then press them into the first 2-1/2" body segment ball.Repeat to connect the remaining body segments. If desired,shape soft, natural curves in bookworm's extended body.
- 3. Glue wiggle eyes to front of head with a pink pom pom nosecentered in between. Cut a smiling mouth from felt and glue tohead. Add other felt facial features as desired. Glue hat to top of head.
- 4. Cut two 3"- 4" chenille stem lengths. Insert and glue oneend of each stem in a 3/4" ball and opposite end into head oneither side of hat, forming the antennae.
- 5. Continue to add a 2-1/2" ball to worm for each book childreads. Optional: Paint book titles on each body segment orslit top of foam ball to display small pieces of cardstockwith titles printed on them.
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