Our library butterfly joined in the fun!

What follows are the books, songs, rhymes, flannel board stories, movement activities and video we shared.



Lenny in the Garden by Ken Wilson-Max can be read or sung aloud!  At the book’s opening, we meet Lenny and his momma in their garden.  They encounter all types of bugs there but the question is:  How do they find them?  They sing a little song that goes like this:

“Mr. Ant, Mr. Ant…Where are you?”

“Here I am, here I am!  How do you do?”

(Listen to the video clip below for the tune.)

The song moves through more bugs (snails, butterflies, bees, grasshoppers…) until we finally get to Lenny.  Well Lenny isn’t a bug, he’s a boy, but his mom sings the song to find him.  A great book for teaching insect identification and for keeping infants engaged through the story’s visuals and the catchy tune.

Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book about a girl named Lucy who sees a gorgeous butterfly in her garden.  As quickly as it came, it disappeared!  On her quest to find it again, she runs into all sorts of insects but the butterfly is nowhere to be found.  Does she ever find that butterfly?  You’ll have to read the story to find out!  (P.S.  There is a beautiful surprise at the very end of the book.)


We used our magic to make five butterflies appear today!

This was our special rhyme:

Five little caterpillars spinning cocoons,

Hoping spring would come here soon!

With a little bit of magic (wiggle fingers up and down)

And the warm sunshine… (make a circle with arms overhead)

Clap, clap, clap…here’s a butterfly  (clap hands 3X for each butterfly to appear)

Five Little Butterflies

Five little butterflies on flowers galore,

One flew away and then there were four.

Four little butterflies among the sweet peas,

One flew away and then there were three.

Three little butterflies with nothing to do,

One flew away and then there were two.

Two little butterflies sitting in the sun,

One flew away and then there were none!

10 Little Ladybugs (to tune of Ten Little Indians)

One little, two little, three little ladybugs,

Four little, five little, six little ladybugs,

Seven little, eight little, nine little ladybugs…

Ten little ladybugs here!

Action Songs & Fingerplays We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome, Welcome Everyone
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

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

Open Shut Them – Video:  Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.  (clap three times)
Open shut them, open shut them (open and close hands)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap and bounce them 3X)

Creep them, crawl them, creep them crawl them, (crawl fingers up arms)
Right up to your chinny  chin chin. (place fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and say ahhhhhh)
But do not put them in!! (put hands behind your back)

This is Big

This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – Video:  Goodbye Friends

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

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the action songs & rhymes on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“ABC”  from Go Baby Go! Baby Loves Jazz by Baby Loves Jazz Band

Two Little Blackbirds” from  Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“We’re Going to the Market” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

We used our shaker eggs and bells for this song!  “We’re Going to the Market”\

Video We Shared

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Continue the Fun

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