Buggy Bugs and Creepy Crawlies!
What is summer without bugs, spiders and centipedes? Children are fascinated by bugs whether they are up close or at a distance. Some bugs fly, some crawl, and some even sting. Bug and spider books are always fun reading and make a great topic for story time.
There are old favorites to pick from such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar or The Old Black Fly, or you might want to try a more recent book such as The Spider and the Fly or I Love Bugs. Whatever bug you choose to read about, we are sure it will provide lots of creepy crawly fun for the children. Here is a list of just a few of our favorites:
Fingerplays and rhymes are always fun to do with children in story time. Two of our favorites are:
My Friendly Caterpillar
My friendly caterpillar (fingers crawl up arm)
Made its cocoon one day. (close hands together)
It turned into a butterfly (open hands with thumbs hooked together)
And quickly flew away. (flap hands)
Eensy Weency Spider or (The Itsy Bitsy Spider)
(can also be sung)
An eency weency spider
Climbed up the water spout. (make fingers crawl up waterspout)
Down came the rain and washed that spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain. (make a sun with your arms)
And the eency weency spider climbed up the spout again.
Why not sing a spider song which is sure to delight the little ones? Two old favorites are:
- There’s a Spider on the Floor (Raffi: Singable Songs for the Very Young )
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly? (Disney More Silly Songs)
When you are finished with books, songs, and rhymes, it is always fun to try a simple craft to reinforce the story topic. Here are just a few easy creepy crawly bug websites with many crafts to try:
- DLTK’s Bugs & Insect Crafts for Kids
- Disney Family Fun Bug & Butterfly Crafts
- Danielle’s Place of Crafts and Activities Bug & Insect Crafts for Kids
For more on story time and early literacy, visit our Early Literacy page!