*LOL* I did this - dipped the worms in tempera and laid them on the paper. Some of my kinders didn't understand the concept of watching the worms do the painting, so they used the worm to paint. Yup, dipped him in paint and smeared that wormy paint all over the paper. I was amazed all my worms survived! :-) I have done above/below with vegetable leaves above the line, root vegetables below. Drew a worm tunnel with a worm in it (on my site, 2nd grade). Another idea that I've done is to have them show me what those worms are "REALLY" doing under ground. Are they watching TV and drinking Pepsi? Fun results.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
I wonder what would happen if you collected some earthworms and dipped them in tempera and let them crawl on paper. I don't mean dip them enough to drown them, just maybe dip their bellies slightly in a shallow container. I bet the kids would have a ball. Another idea might be to do a kind of layered cross-section of the earth. You could do it with construction or tissue paper-have sky across the top, then grass, then dirt with maybe some rivulets of water. You could make colorful flowers above the grass (or vegetables) with roots going down into the dirt, then have the kids cut out or draw worms and place them crawling through the dirt-maybe a few poking cute little heads above the ground. Let us know what you decide-sounds like fun. And good for you for integrating! Linda