Bug Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening song

Book: I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern

love bugs cover image

Song/Flannel: “10 Little Grasshoppers”

One little, two little, three little grasshoppers,
Four little, five little, six little grasshoppers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little grasshoppers,
Ten little grasshoppers in my yard.

Grasshoppers, grasshoppers, hopping all around me (slap thighs to rhythm)
Grasshoppers, grasshoppers, hopping all around me,
Grasshoppers, grasshoppers, hopping all around me,
Ten little grasshoppers in my yard.

Ten little, nine little, eight little grasshoppers,
Seven little, six little, five little grasshoppers,
Four little, three little, two little grasshoppers,
One little grasshopper in my yard.

Grasshopper, grasshopper, hopping all around me,
Grasshopper, grasshopper, hopping all around me,
Grasshopper, grasshopper, hopping all around me,
One little grasshopper in my yard.

grasshopper

Book: Caterpillar’s Wish by Mary Murphy

Song: “Where do you start your letters?” – Cathy Fink and Marcy Mercer: Get Set for School Sing Along

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “butterfly”

Social Story: Wild Feelings by David Milgrim

Closing song

Craft: Paper plate bees

 

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Bug Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: bug

Book: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

Song/Flannel: “10 Little Grasshoppers”

One little, two little, three little grasshoppers,
Four little, five little, six little grasshoppers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little grasshoppers,
Ten little grasshoppers in my yard.

Grasshoppers, grasshoppers, hopping all around me (slap thighs to rhythm)
Grasshoppers, grasshoppers, hopping all around me,
Grasshoppers, grasshoppers, hopping all around me,
Ten little grasshoppers in my yard.

Ten little, nine little, eight little grasshoppers,
Seven little, six little, five little grasshoppers,
Four little, three little, two little grasshoppers,
One little grasshopper in my yard.

Grasshopper, grasshopper, hopping all around me,
Grasshopper, grasshopper, hopping all around me,
Grasshopper, grasshopper, hopping all around me,
One little grasshopper in my yard.

Song: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Book: I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern

love bugs cover image

Song: Bumblebee, bumblebee (Tune: “Jingle Bells”)
Bumblebee, bumblebee
Landing on my nose,
Bumblebee, bumblebee,
Now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows,
Bumblebee, oh bumblebee,
He lands and then he goes.

Song: “The Ants Go Marching” – Old Town School of Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Book: Caterpillar’s Wish by Mary Murphy

Song: “Jumping and Counting” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Song: “Bodies 1-2-3” – Peter and Ellen Allard: Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2

Song: “This is how I do it” – Laurie Berkner: Superhero

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Paper plate bees

Bugs Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Big Rig Bugs by Kurt Cyrus

Big Rig Bugs book cover

Song: “The Ants Go Marching” – Laurie Berkner: Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs

Book: Noisy Bug Sing-Along by John Himmelman

Noisy Bug Sing-Along

Song: “On My Toe there is a Flea” – Frog in the Meadow: Music, Now I’m Two!

Puppet Story: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Book: Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards

Fly? book cover

Song: “Jumping and Counting” – Jim Gill: The Irrational Anthem

Fingerplay: Ladybugs

Craft: Coloring sheet with bug cutouts

bug preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Bugs Storytime – Everybody

Opening song

Sign Language: Bugs

Book: I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd

ilovebugs

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Big Fuzzy Spider, Eensy Weensy Spider (different movements/voices for each verse)

Flannel: Two Hungry Ants
Two hungry ants at a picnic one day. What do they find?
(6 apples, 5 cupcakes, 4 drumsticks, 3 pickles, 2 pieces of candy, 1 sausage)

Book: Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Kevin Waldron

tinylittlefly

Fingerplay: Here Is a Beehive
Here is a beehive (hold fist up)
Where are the bees?
Hiding away where nobody sees (put other fist behind first)
Soon they come creeping out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (hold up fingers of second fist)

(Source: 1,000 Fingerplays and Action Rhymes by Barbara A. Scott)

Song (with shaky eggs): The Ants Go Marching

Book: Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi; illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

somebugs

Craft: Bug jars with pom pom bugs

bugjar

 

Bug Story Time – Baby

Opening Song

Sign language: Bug

Book: I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd

I Love Bugs book cover

Song: The Itsy-bitsy spider

Rhyme: Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
My little baby deserves a tickle! (tickle baby)
One for her nose, and one for her toes
And one for her tummy where the hot dog goes!

Song: “On my Toe there is a Flea” – John Martin Feierabend: Frog in the Meadow

Song: Let’s Tap our Feet Together (Tune: “The More We Get Together”)
Let’s tap our feet together, together, together,
Let’s tap our feet together, because it’s fun to do.
Let’s clap our hands….
Let’s touch our nose…
Let’s touch our ears…

Book: Caterpillar’s Wish by Mary Murphy

caterpillars wish

Song: Caterpillar Caterpillar (Tune: “Are You Sleeping?”)
Caterpillar caterpillar (Wiggle fingers of one hand)
In the tree, in the tree (Spread arms like branches)
First you wiggle this way (Wiggle hand left)
Then you wiggle that way (Wiggle hands right)
Look at me, look at me (Point to self)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Song: Ants go marching

Puppet/Song: Bumblebee, bumblebee (Tune: “Jingle Bells”)
Bumblebee, bumblebee
Landing on my nose,
Bumblebee, bumblebee,
Now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows,
Bumblebee, oh bumblebee,
He lands and then he goes.

Rhyme: Great A, little a
Bouncing B,
The cat’s in the cupboard,
But she can’t see me.

Book: Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielson and Dug Steer, illustrated by Derek Matthews

snappy little bugs

Song (shaky eggs): “Crazy Blue Beetle” – Caspar Babypants: Hot Dog!

Closing Rhyme

Bug Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for caterpillar

Book: Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielson and Dug Steer, illustrated by Derek Matthews

snappy little bugs

Song: “On my Toe There is a Flea” – John M. Feierabend and Luann Saunders: Frog in the Meadow

Rhyme: One arm goes up, one arm goes down, one arm goes up and down.
Two arms go up…
One leg goes up…
Two legs go up…

Song: (Tune: “Jingle Bells”)
Bumblebee, bumblebee
Landing on my nose,
Bumblebee, bumblebee,
Now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows,
Bumblebee, oh bumblebee,
He lands and then he goes.

Book: Caterpillar’s Wish by Mary Murphy

caterpillars wish

Song: (Tune: Are You Sleeping?)
Caterpillar caterpillar (Wiggle fingers of one hand)
In the tree, in the tree (Spread arms like branches)
First you wiggle this way (Wiggle hand left)
Then you wiggle that way (Wiggle hands right)
Look at me, look at me (Point to self)

Song: (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet go stomp, stomp, stomp, etc…
I can make my hands wave bye, bye, bye…

Rhyme (with storytime glove): Five pretty ladybugs sitting in the sun.
Wondering what they can do for a little fun.
The first one said, “Let’s ride on the swing.”
The second one said, “Let’s walk on a string.”
The third one said, “I want to go down the slide.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s go for a ride.”
The last one said, “Let’s all spread our wings and fly!”

Rhyme: The little clock goes tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock (swing baby side to side while standing)
The big clock goes ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong (swing back front to back)

Book (choral): The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

very busy spider

Song (with shaky eggs): “Caterpillar, Caterpillar” – Kira Willey: Dance for the Sun

Closing rhyme

 

Bug Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Book: I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd

i love bugs

Rhyme: Here is a beehive. Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Soon they come creeping out of the hive (have one bee peek out)
1-2-3-4-5! BUZZ! (bring each finger out as you count)
(make your bees fly all around the hive)

Rhyme: X marks the spot (draw on baby’s back)
Dot, dot, dot,
Up and down, around and around,
Oooooh! (tickle)

Song: “On my Toe there is a Flea” – John Martin Feierabend: Frog in the Meadow

Rhyme: Rickety rickety rocking horse (bounce)
Over the hills we go,
Rickety rickety rocking horse
Giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (hug baby)

Song: (Tune: Are You Sleeping?)
Caterpillar, caterpillar, caterpillar, caterpillar (Wiggle fingers of one hand)
In the tree, in the tree (Spread arms like branches)
First you wiggle this way (Wiggle hand left)
Then you wiggle that way (Wiggle hands right)
Look at me, look at me (Point to self)

Book: Caterpillar’s Wish by Mary Murphy

caterpillars wish

Song: (Tune: Shortnin’ Bread)
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’, bouncin’
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’ round.
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’, bouncin’
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’ round.

Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Now hug that baby nice and tight.
Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Now hug that baby nice and tight.

Rhyme: Hurry, scurry little mouse
Stars down at your toes.
Hurry, scurry little mouse
Past your knees he goes.
Hurry, scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is.
Hurry, scurry little mouse
Gives you a mousy kiss.

Rhyme: The little clock goes tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock (swing baby side to side)
The big clock goes ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong (swing back front to back)

Book (choral reading): The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

very busy spider

Song (with shaky eggs): “Crazy Blue Beetle” – Caspar Babypants: Hot Dog!

hot dog

Closing rhyme