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Bugs Story Time

We began, as usual, with my opening song “If You Want to Hear a Story.” I introduced our theme for the week (which got quite a few “Ewwws” from the girls in attendance), but I promised that we’d have some fun while reading about creepy crawlies. I even started off with a rhyme they all knew–“The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Then, we read Some Bugs by Angela DiTerilizzi
This is a cute little story about finding bugs. It’s a quick read, and the kids liked the rhymes. It’s a nice introduction to the varied world of bugs.

Then, I brought out Miss Edna (as the kids at my first branch named her) my Old Lady puppet. I bought her on Amazon, and I’ve used her many times as an interactive addition to story time. With all the Old Lady books out there, she’s been my best investment because I can use her year-round. This was actually the first time I used her with the original There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly story. It went over very well, as Edna always does. The kids love feeding her and getting involved in the story.

After that, it was time for a fingerplay, so we did “Bumblebee, Bumblebee” from Preschool Education:

Bumblebee, bumblebee, landing on my nose.
Bumblebee, bumblebee, now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows.
Bumblebee, bumblebee he lands and then he goes.

Our next book was Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk.
This is a very cute book about not judging someone prematurely. It’s a great rhyming and counting book with some very nice illustrations that kept the kids engaged. They eventually felt sorry for Miss Spider, despite her “ickyness” that one child observed.

After two books, we needed to get up and move. So, we added some actions to the “Insects Song” from Mrs. Jones’ Room:

(Sung to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The firefly at night goes blink blink blink
Blink blink blink blink blink blink
The firefly at night goes blink blink blink
All around the town

The bees in the flowers go buzz buzz buzz….
The ants in the grass go march march march…
The crickets in the leaves go chirp chirp chirp…
The caterpillar in the field goes creep creep creep….

Then, while we were moving and engaged, we read Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas

This is a very cute book that you can get active with. The kids loved making the faces and doing all the other instructions in the book. I love it when I find books that get them moving and engaged.

An action song was next, so I went with one of my favorites–“Can You Move With Me.” I used this in my dance story time, and it was very popular. Since it mentions how various bugs and other creepy crawlies move, it fit well with the theme. It’s from Music Therapy Tunes.

(To the tune of “Do Your Ears Hang Low”)
Can you wiggle like a worm?
Can you squiggle? Can you squirm? (wiggle)
Can you flutter? Can you fly like a gentle butterfly? (flap arms like wings)
Can you crawl upon the ground (crawl hands on ground)
Like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me? (clap)

Can you flip? Can you flop?
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like a bee
Who is buzzing round a tree?
Can you move with me?

Since we were standing and having fun, I added “The Ants Go Marching” as a fun action song to keep things moving.

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
(two, tie his shoe; three, climb a tree; four, shut the door; five, take a dive)

Our last book was The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

This is a great book about bullying and catching more flies with honey than with vinegar. The kids thought it was entertaining and funny when the little ladybug challenged all the larger animals.

This week we ended with our flannel rhyme. We did “Butterflies” from Miss Meg’s Storytime:


The first to come to the garden bed
Is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED
Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in my friend of BLUE
“The garden is fine, the best I’ve seen”
Says the butterfly of softest GREEN
Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly with wings of YELLOW
Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
The garden is waiting for a color like you
ORANGE, orange you’ve waited so long
Fly right in where you belong
Butterflies, butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together – what a delight!

For our craft this week, we made bug “fossils” out of toy plastic bugs and air dry clay. I also had a Grouchy Ladybug craft out for that week that I’d found on Buggy and Buddy.


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