Story Time

Bugs!
Submitted by: Karen Lagarde, Barbara Bush
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Old Black Fly by:Aylesworth, Jim
Rhyming text and illustrations follow a mischievous old black fly through the alphabet as he has a very busy bad day landing where he should not be.
Grouchy Ladybug by:Carle, Eric
The grouchy ladybug didn't say please or thank you: it wouldn't share: it thought it was bigger and more important than anyone else: and it was always ready to pick a fight.
Very Hungry Caterpillar by:Carle, Eric
Follow the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through a variety of food, until he forms a coccoon around himself. After two weeks he changes into a beautiful butterfly!
Very Quiet Cricket by:Carle, Eric
A simple story of a cricket finding his voice.
How many bugs in a box? A pop-up counting book. by:Carter, David A
All kinds of boxes full of all kinds of bugs, make a book full of fun and surprises!
Itsy Bitsy Spider by:Trapani, Iza
This itsy bitsy spider encounters a fan, a mouse, a cat, and a rocking chair as she makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web.
Buzz, buzz, buzz, went the bumblebee by:West, Colin
Bumblebee buzzes around bothering everyone until he comes to a gentle butterfly who understands that the bee is looking for a friend.
Songs
Itsy bitsy spider
Itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.
I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee
(Buzz and ask children if they can hear "them", have children "catch" a bumblebee)
I'm bring home a baby bumblebee
Won't my mommy be so proud of me?
I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee
Oh! He stung me!
I'm squishing up that baby bumblebee
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
I'm squishing up the baby bumblebee
Won't me mommy be so proud of me
(Exclaim, oh yuck and make a face. What a mess! We better clean this up!)
I'm wiping off that baby bumblebee
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
I'm wiping off that baby bumblebee
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
(Exclaim, That's much better! Mommy will be so proud!)
Craft
Make ladybugs. Large black round shape for body, red semi circles for wings. Black 3/4" dots for spots on wings. Two white 3/4" dots with small black dots in center for eyes.
Other
Make butterflies out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners. Accordian fold two coffee filters, place them side by side, wrap 1/2 of a pipe cleaner around the center, excess ends will be antenae. Fan out the "wings". Color wings with markers, food coloring or crayons.
Notes
Use a butterfly puppet with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Buzz, buzz, buzz went the Bumblebee.
Ask children to participate when you read:
Old Black Fly by having them help you Shoo the fly away.
Buzz, buzz, buzz went the bumblebee have the children say "Buzz off" with you.
How many bugs in a box? Have children "guess" how many bugs are in the boxes. They will catch on quick as a wink!