Operation worm rescue

Getting into nature

Toward the end of a rainy day, venture outside to conduct a “worm rescue.”

Explain to your kids that worms come out of the ground during rainy periods to migrate. When the ground is wet, they can move safely over sidewalks and driveways. But when the sun comes out, they can dry out before they get a chance to return to the soil.

Using your bare hands, or wearing rubber gloves, help the worms that have been caught out on the sidewalk by returning them to the grass or garden. Say encouraging words to the worms, such as Bye, bye little guy. Here you go, back to your home. Or, The sun is coming out; go home and stay safe!

Use the questions for discussion to help your children connect the concept of compassion to this activity.

Note: A book or DVD version of the story Sara and the Starfish makes a nice complement to this activity.

Questions for discussion
  • What could happen to worms if it gets hot and sunny before they can get off the sidewalk?
  • Who has the power to make a difference for the worms?
  • How did you feel when you rescued the worms?
  • The worms had a problem. We noticed and we cared enough to help. Can you remember the word that describes the feeling we were demonstrating? (Compassion)
  • When we rescued the worms, how were we being like God?
  • What are some ways we can “rescue” people?
Key concepts

The worms faced a life or death issue. If they didn’t get back into the cool, damp soil before the sun came out, they would have dried out and died. We noticed their problem and we were big enough to help, so we took the time to do so.

It feels good to help those who are in need – even if they are just small creatures. “Rescuing” or caring for people is even more rewarding. We show compassion or “rescue” people whenever we notice that someone has a problem and we care enough to do something to help. When we show compassion to anyone or anything, we are being loving and merciful like God is.

Relevant Scripture

Psalm 145:8-9 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.