Story Time

Bugs
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
Books
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by: Bob Barner
A nonsense rhyme introduces children to familiar bugs. Includes a fun facts sections.
Bug safari by: Bob Barner
Tells how the author, as a young boy, followed a trail of ants and came across various other insects and small creatures, then briefly provides facts about each creature encountered.
I love bugs! by:Philemon Sturges
A boy extols the various characteristics of insects, all of which he loves.
The very busy spider by: Eric Carle
The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.
In the tall, tall grass by:Denise Fleming
Rhymed text presents a toddler's view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime until nightfall, such as ants, bees, and moles.
Step by step by:Diane Wolkstein
A little ant and her friend enjoy a day together, dining on the nectar of a yellow flower, sailing on a leaf, and dancing in the rain.
Buzz by:Janet S. Wong
As Mommy and Daddy begin their day and get ready for work, a child observes this morning routine at home as well as the buzzing of a busy bee outside the window.
Little Miss Spider by:David Kirk
On her very first day of life, Little Miss Spider searches for her mother and finds love in an unexpected place.
Ten little ladybugs by: Melanie Gerth
Young ones will love learning to count backwards as they watch ten touchable ladybugs disappear one by one.
The very lazy ladybug by:Isobel Finn
A lazy ladybug who never learned how to fly decides she wants to go somewhere, but she cannot find an animal to give her a peaceful ride.
Songs
Spider on the Floor

There's a spider on the floor, on the floor.
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor.
Who could ask for anything more, than a spider on the floor.
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor.

Now the spider's on my leg, on my leg.
Now the spider's on my leg, on my leg.
Oh, I wish I had some Raid for this spider on my leg!
Now the spider's on my leg, on my leg.

Now the spider's on my chest, on my chest!
Now the spider's on my chest, on my chest!
Oh, I'd squish him in my vest, if it didn't make a mess!
Now the spider's on my chest, on my chest!

Now the spider's on my neck, on my neck!
Now the spider's on my neck on my neck!
Oh, I'm gonna be a wreck, I've got a spider on my neck!
Now the spider's on my neck on my neck!

Now the spider's on my face, on my face!
Now the spider's on my face, on my face !
Oh, what a big disgrace, I've got a spider on my face!
Now the spider's on my face, on my face

Now the spider's on my head, on my head!
Now the spider's on my head, on my head!
Oh, I wish that he were dead. I've got a spider on my head!
Now the spider's on my head, on my head!


SPOKEN: 'But he jumped off.... '
http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/song/song-1325.asp


CD: Singable songs for the very young / Raffi

Book: Spider on the Floor / words and music by Bill Russell ; illustrated by True Kelley.
Craft


WONDERFUL SCIENCE BASED CRAFT
Butterflies
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/butterfly/index.html

Ever wonder where a butterfly comes from? It comes from a chrysalis (KRIS-uh-liss) which is also called a pupa. A chrysalis looks like a tiny leathery pouch. You can find one underneath some leaves in the summer.

Some animals don't change much as they grow up. Think about it: someone your age looks a lot like a grown-up. Grown-ups have more wrinkles and gray hair. But they still have two arms, two legs and one head?just like you.

We're going to meet an animal that's very different?the butterfly. Butterflies go through four life stages, and they look very different at each stage.


Here's what you need:

Toilet-paper tube
Tongue depressor or ice-cream pop stick
Heavy paper
6" (150 mm) piece of pipe cleaner, folded in half
Markers or crayons
Scissors and glue

Here's what you do:
1. Cut out and color a butterfly from the heavy paper. Use any colors, but make both halves look the same. Put a small hole at the top of the butterfly's head.

2. Color the toilet paper tube to look like a chrysalis. (A monarch butterfly's chrysalis is green, but you can use any color.)

3. Take a piece of pipe cleaner and shape it like the letter "V". Put one point through the little hole in the butterfly's head and then twist it to look like antennae. Butterflies use these "feelers" to learn about their environment.

4. Glue the butterfly to one end of the tongue depressor or ice-cream pop stick. Let the glue dry.

5. Curl the butterfly's wings and slide it into the chrysalis.

6. Pull the stick to make the beautiful butterfly come out of the chrysalis.

Fly your butterfly like a real one!

The butterfly's life cycle
Butterflies go four stages of life, but they only look like butterflies in the final stage. Birds, frogs, snakes and insects also change as they grow.

1. An adult butterfly lays an egg.

2. The egg hatches into a caterpillar or larva.

3. The caterpillar forms the chrysalis or pupa.

4. The chrysalis matures into a butterfly.
Notes
I have provided more books than you will need in one storytime. This is to provide you with choices. If you have a chance, I would encourage you to take your children outside to look for bugs, worms or other creepy crawly things. Both little girls and boys like these activites.