Family Storytime – Spiders, Flies & Other Creepy Crawlies…

We had fun during our family storytime today!  We explored stories about spiders, flies & other creepy crawly creatures.  There was even a little bug eating going on…(well we didn’t really eat any bugs, but we did pretend).  Below are some of the books, songs & fun activities we shared.


BOOKS:

i don't want to be a frog

Okay…why this story when we’re talking about bugs?  Well what do frogs eat?  Bugs!  And what about this frog who wanted to be a cat, a pig…an owl???  Turns out when there’s a hungry wolf around, it pays to be a wet, slimy, bug-eating frog!  Great illustrations, a touch of humor and good dialogue make this a good read aloud for preschoolers.


tiny little fly

What happens when a tiny little fly buzzes in your ear?  You try to swat it away right?  So did the hippo, tiger and elephant in this story…but that pesky fly gets away EVERY TIME.   Amazing illustrations and rhyming text made this a great read – the kids even tried to swat imaginary flies away from their ears…


can you make a scary face

This interactive story by Jan Thomas has all of the ingredients necessary to build listening and gross motor skills, plus, it’s funny!  A bug plays his version of Simon Says as he demands that his readers stand up, sit down, no…stand up again…and  SO ON.  Then, of course a bug flies around and gets into our mouths and our shirts and we have to blow and wiggle our bodies to get rid of it!  Then there’s that BIG FROG at the end…that’s where the scary face comes in handy.  A lot of laughter and movement with this story!


FLANNEL BOARD STORY RHYME:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!

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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed that fly,
Perhaps she’ll cry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider.
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I don’t know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll cry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
How absurd, to swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I don’t know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll cry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I don’t know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll cry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
What a hog! To swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I don’t know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll cry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat.
Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I don’t know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll cry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and wiggled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I don’t know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she’ll cry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse
She’s FULL, of course.


MUSIC & MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES:

Shake Your Shakers Slowly & We’re Going to the Market

Egg Shakers –

Tracks 16 & 17 on Kathy Reid-Naiman’s CD “I Love to Hear the Sounds

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Rhyming Movement:

This is Big, Big, Big…

This is big, big, big (arms wide)

This is small, small, small (arms narrow)

This is short, short, short (hands vertical mimicking a small space)

This is tall, tall, tall (hands vertical mimicking a tall space)

This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly round)

This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly round)

This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes)

This is no, no no (swing head from side to side for no)


VIDEO:

wheels on the bus

“Bugs, Bugs, Bugs”

Found on The Wheels on the Bus DVD


 

More books to share at home:

old black fly i love bugs big bad bullybugthe big sneeze

 

 

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