Bugs – Preschool

Opening Song

We Clap and Sing Hello

We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and sing hello!

We wave and sing hello…
We stomp and sing hello…

Books

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The Big Bug Book by David A. Carter
Bring Me a Rock! by Daniel Miyares
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd

Actions Rhymes

Spider Crawl

The spider’s crawling on my leg,
Where will he go?
There is no use in asking me-
Only the spider know! (jump the spider to a different body part)

Now the spider’s on my ____(identify body part)
Where will he go?
There is no use in asking me –
Only the spider knows! (repeat, jumping spider to other part)
Source:More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Dragonfly, Dragonfly

Dragonfly, dragonfly, flutter around. (flap wings)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, land on the ground. (crouch down low)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, fly up high. (stand on tiptoe)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, touch the sky. (reach arms up high)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, fly down low. (crouch and flap arms)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, land on my toe. (point to toe).
Dragonfly, dragonfly, there is a fading light, (move hands in front of face).
Dragonfly, dragonfly, time to say goodnight. (wave)
Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

A Bee is On My Toe
Tune: Farmer in the Dell

A bee is on my toe. A bee is on my toe.
Heigh-ho just watch me blow.
A bee is on my toe. (blow gently on toe)

(refrain: On my nose; On my head; On my ear)

Source:King County Library System

Ladybug, Ladybug

Ladybug, ladybug, give a hop.(hop)
Ladybuy, ladybug, show your spots. (turn and spread arms like wings)
Ladybug, ladybug, fly around. (flap arms)
Ladybug, ladybug, land on the ground. (sit down)
Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Ants in My Pants

There are ants in my pants! (start to wiggle)
Ants in my pants, I say!
With those ants in my pants,
I can’t sit still today! (shake head no)
My head wiggles and shoulders, too. (wiggle head and shoulders)
My arms and my fingers…whew! (wiggle arms and fingers)
My legs wiggle, my knees wiggle, too. ( wiggle legs and knees)
I even have wiggles down in my shoes! (wiggle feet and toes)
Out, out, ants, get out of my pants! (make a shooing motion).
Get out of my pants, I say!
With no ants in my pant, (shake head no)
I can really sit still today!
Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Butterfly Beanbag Rhyme (Used with bean bags)

Butterfly
In the sky
Flap your wings
And up you fly
Back and forth,
To and fro,
Up, up, up
And Away you go!
Source: Small Town Story Time Lady

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

La Cucaracha by A World of Kids Mexico
Bumblebee by Laurie Berkner

Take Home Craft

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Kids took home this craft to make their own spiders. They also received a fly swatter.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song.
Counting to 10.

Closing Goodbye Song

We Clap Goodbye Like This

We clap goodbye like this,
We clap goodbye like this,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap goodbye like this.

We wave goodbye like this…
We stomp goodbye like this…

Observations

My preschoolers favorite activity was the “Butterfly Beanbag Rhyme.” We had to do this rhyme 2-3 times because they LOVED making their beanbags fly away.

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Bugs – Toddler

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielson
The Big Bug Book by David A. Carter
Giant Pop-Out Bugs by Chronicle Books

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Action Rhymes

Spider Crawl

The spider’s crawling on my leg,
Where will he go?
There is no use in asking me-
Only the spider know! (jump the spider to a different body part)

Now the spider’s on my ____(identify body part)
Where will he go?
There is no use in asking me –
Only the spider knows! (repeat, jumping spider to other part)
Source:More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Dragonfly, Dragonfly

Dragonfly, dragonfly, flutter around. (flap wings)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, land on the ground. (crouch down low)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, fly up high. (stand on tiptoe)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, touch the sky. (reach arms up high)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, fly down low. (crouch and flap arms)
Dragonfly, dragonfly, land on my toe. (point to toe).
Dragonfly, dragonfly, there is a fading light, (move hands in front of face).
Dragonfly, dragonfly, time to say goodnight. (wave)
Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

A Bee is On My Toe
Tune: Farmer in the Dell

A bee is on my toe. A bee is on my toe.
Heigh-ho just watch me blow.
A bee is on my toe. (blow gently on toe)

(refrain: On my nose; On my head; On my ear)

Source:King County Library System

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

La Cucaracha by A World of Kids Mexico
Bumblebee by Laurie Berkner

Take Home Craft

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Children also received a fly swatter with this craft.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 5.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

The books were more meh for this storytime. The one book they really responded to was The Big Bug Book. If you decide to read this one, I would skip all the little sayings in the flaps. It made the book way too long.

Ocean – Preschool

Opening Song

We Clap and Sing Hello

We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and sing hello!

We wave and sing hello…
We stomp and sing hello…

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Books

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Please Don’t Eat Me! by Roger De Muth
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen
Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan Fenske

Flannel

Five Little Fishies

There were five little fishes
Swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark
You can’t catch me
Along comes Mr. Shark
As quiet as can be…
SNAP!
Four little fishes
Swimming in the sea

No More Fishies Swimming in the Sea

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Actions Rhymes

Once I Saw an Octopus
Once I saw an octopus in the deep blue see (put hands over eyes, as if searching)
I called, “Mr. Octopus, won’t you swim with me?” (hands around mouth to call)
Then out came his tentacles, so very long and straight. (link thumbs with fingers out, as if making a bird shadow puppet, but make more of a circle for the head)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (count eight fingers)
Credit: King County Library System

I’m a Little Octopus
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish (swing arms back and forth)
Arm #2 helps me catch fish (wiggle hand back and forth)
Arm #3 pats my head (pat hand on head)
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed (put hand to mouth)
Arm #5 swims me to shore (move arms in swimming motion)
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor (touch hand to floor)
Arm #7 can grab and tug (open and close hands)
But all eight arms give me a hug! (cross arms and hug yourself)
Credit: Pubyac (Library listserv)

Critters in the Sea
Tune: The Wheels on the Bus

The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp!
All through the day!

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim…
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch…
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…
The sea horse in the sea rocks back and forth…
The whale in the sea goes squirt, squirt, squirt…
The clam in the sea goes open and shut…
The crabs in the sea go click, click, click…
The jellyfish in the sea go bloop, bloop, bloop…
Source: Wisconsin’s Water Library

Bubble, Bubble, Pop
One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP!

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

Under the Sea by Disney’s Little Mermaid (used with scarves)
Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles

Take Home Craft

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Source: Desert Chica

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 10.

Closing Goodbye Song

We Clap Goodbye Like This

We clap goodbye like this,
We clap goodbye like this,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap goodbye like this.

We wave goodbye like this…
We stomp goodbye like this…

Observations

The kids enjoyed this storytime and got a kick out of my puppet. I named him Fred. Initially, I was not going to walk around with him, but the kids really wanted to touch his teeth.

Ocean – Toddler

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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Can You Say It, Too? Arf! Arf! by Nosy Crow
Big Fish Little Fish by Ed Heck
Giant Pop-Out Ocean by Chronicle Books
Peekaboo! in the Ocean by Cocoretto

Flannel

Five Little Fishies

There were five little fishes
Swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark
You can’t catch me
Along comes Mr. Shark
As quiet as can be…
SNAP!
Four little fishes
Swimming in the sea

No More Fishies Swimming in the Sea

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

I Caught a Fish Alive

One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right

Action Rhymes

Bubble, Bubble, Pop

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP!

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

Under the Sea by Disney’s Little Mermaid (used with scarves)
Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles

Take Home Craft

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Source: Desert Chica

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 5.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

Pop-out books are always a hit with the kids. I found the mother load in our storytime room. Bubble, Bubble, Pop rhyme and anything with scarves is a guarantee win!