“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” Dr Seuss
Allowing children the joy of running away with an idea is a wonderful gift. Sadly often the most interesting ideas do not fit neatly into a curriculum. Inspiration and ideas can come from surprising sources, in this case we combined two words that looks like that have nothing in common – worms and Christmas.
What if you saw a worm in a Christmas tree? A Christmas Tree Worm!
The Christmas detective found a real Christmas tree worm. Christmas tree worms may look small and insignificant beside an actual Christmas tree. Yet they have a stunning beauty that offers a priceless gift. This is a wonderful example of our relationship with the sea, the natural and the social world.
In the video below you can see how these worms sends out spores. It looks a bit like they are spending out Christmas joy to all the underwater friends.
So a random thought about worms did fit perfectly into the discussion. And it lead to the idea of making most colourful Christmas trees spreading Christmas joy by releasing worms in parachutes. . . a quirky Christmas Story starter. . .
We could not find any books about a Christmas tree worm but we love Norman the Slug Who Saved Christmas.
Green Child’s Magazine published a blog post that I wrote this week – A Curious Nature Detective finds Inspiration Everywhere. This magazine is filled with wonderful inspiration so check it out:-)
Norman the Slug Who Saved Christmas by Sue Hendra
Poor Norman discover that the sack of presents that lands right by his stocking is not for him after all. The sack has simply fallen off Father Christmas’s sleigh. Norman has to make sure that everyone gets their presents but can he manage it on time. Bright and colourful pictures are going to spellbound younger children. And the cover even sparkles just like a real Christmas bauble.
Featured photo Christmas Tree Worms