On November 8th, we learned a lot about different kinds of bugs!  We listened to a little boy named Lenny singing a song about all of the bugs he finds in his garden, we explored a book about a missing butterfly, and another about a boy’s love for bugs.  Here are the stories, activities and songs we shared about our theme.


During our infant storytime, we read Lenny in the Garden by Ken Wilson-Max.  In this book Lenny sings a little song as he discovers the different insects in his garden.  In Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek, we are introduced to a young girl who is mesmerized by a beautiful butterfly that flies away.  In her search for that butterfly, she encounters many other crawly, wriggly creatures until she finally lies down, looks up at the sky and voila – the butterfly reappears.  Gorgeous illustrations with a pop up surprise at the end of the story.  Because this book is too long for infants, I paraphrased some of the text.

During toddler storytime, we shared Emma Dodd’s I Love Bugs!  In it a young boy chronicles all of the different types of bugs he loves.  Bold,  colorful illustrations with fun and factual text make this a great book for the budding entomologist.  We also read Butterfly, Butterfly in it’s entirety.  I couldn’t resist sharing that beautiful pop up surprise at the end!

Flannelboard Story




Bug in a Rug

We played a guessing game today.

I secretly hid a bee behind one of the rugs.  Can you guess which one? 

Then we all shouted out:  Bug in a rug, bug in a rug, where is that bug in a rug???

We looked behind the blue, the orange, the green and the striped rug before we finally looked behind the red rug with black polka dots.  Guess what?  There was our bee!!  The kids were mesmerized the entire time and were so excited to see the bee appear.


Rhymes & Songs We Shared


Welcome Song  (tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here let’s have some fun.
First we clap our hands just so
Then we bend and touch our toes
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here let’s have some fun.

Dickery Dickery Dare (tune:  Hickory Dickory Dock)

DickeryDickery, dickery dare, (bounce baby on lap)
The pig flew up in the air. (lift baby up in air)
The man in brown brought him BACK down! (bring baby back down to lap)
Dickery, dickery, dare. (bounce baby on lap)

The Grand Old Duke of York (See video of Grand Old Duke of York)

The grand old Duke of York (bounce baby on lap)
He had 10,000 men, (bounce baby on lap)
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up in the air)
And he marched them down again. (bring baby down onto lap)
And when they’re up, they’re up (lift baby up in the air)
And when they’re down, they’re down, (bring baby down onto lap)
And when they’re only halfway up, (bring baby halfway up)
They’re neither up nor down. (lift baby up and bring baby back down again)


Welcome Song

(to tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here let’s have some fun.
First we clap our hands just so
Then we bend and touch our toes
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here let’s have some fun.

This is Big, Big, Big

This is big, big, big (hands outstretched to the side)  
This is small, small, small (bring hands together)
This is short, short, short (hands pressed down vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (arms outstretched vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands in a circle quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands in a circle slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes quickly three times)
This is no, no, no (move head from side to side three times)
Credit:  Mel’s Desk


(For infants we replace friends with “babies”)

Goodbye Friends (in sign)

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends, goodbye friends, it’s time to say goodbye.

Click here to watch video:  Goodbye Friends

Music We Shared

Singing is a great way to share words and rhythms with your baby.  While you don’t need a music cd to do this, we do share some songs from cds in our storytimes.



“Ladies Ride”, “Trit Trot” & “Trot, Trot, Trot” 

Wee Sing for Baby

“Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 Walt Disney

songs for wiggleworms
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

“You are My Sunshine”

“Goodbye, Goodbye”

Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello”

Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

toddlers on parade
“Roll Your Hands”

Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel

“I’m a Little Teapot &  Two Little Blackbirds”

“My Little Hands”

 Movie We Shared


Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

If you’d like to read more books about bugs, check these out at your local Pasadena Public Library.