1.26.2008

Bugs

Fine Motor: Art
  • Pom-pom bugs: Glue pom-poms onto a paper-plate to make fuzzy bugs.
  • Playdough worms: Practice rolling playdough into long skinny "worms".
  • Color / paint bug pictures.
  • Potato Print Bugs: Cut a potato in half, dip half into paint and stamp onto paper. After the paint has dried, decorate the "bug" with crayons, fingerpaint, stickers, etc.
  • Collage bugs: Glue small pieces of torn construction paper to larger cut out shapes. Add pipe cleaner legs and antennae.
Language: Rhymes / Fingerplays
  • Caterpillar Change: There was a little caterpillar crawling all about. (Walk with fingers on arm)/ He worked and he worked without a doubt. (Wiggle fingers)/ Wrapping himself in a snug cocoon.(Wrap other hand around fingers)/ Waiting and waiting, will it be soon? (hold fingers) / Look, he's coming out, my oh my! (raise arms in excitement)/ For now he's become a beautiful butterfly (Cross thumbs and flap hands like wings)
  • Bee Hive: This is my bee hive (put hands together) / but where are the bees? / Hidden inside where nobody sees / One, two, three, four, five, (raising up fingers) / There they go, off to the trees (point)
  • Hunting Bugs: A-hunting we will go / A -hunting we will go / We'll catch a (insert any insect here) / and put it in a box / and then we'll let it go!
  • Roly-Poly Caterpillar: Roly-poly caterpillar (wiggle right pointer finger) / Into a corner crept, (place right pointer finger in left cupped hand) / Spun around himself a blanket (spin around) / Then for a long time slept. (place head on folded hands) / Roly-poly caterpillar (wiggle right pointer finger) / Wakening by and by, ("stretch" right pointer finger) / Found himself with beautiful wings / Changed to a butterfly. (flutter arms like wings)
  • Five Little Ladybugs: Five little Ladybugs climbing up a door / One Flew away then there were four / Four Little ladybugs sitting on a tree /One flew away then there were three / Three little ladybugs landed on a shoe / One flew away and then there were two / Two little ladybugs looking for some fun / One flew away and then there was one / One little ladybug sitting in the sun / She flew away and then there were none.
Language: Songs
  • The Little Caterpillar (sung to "Itsy, Bitsy Spider"): The little caterpillar crawled up into a tree, /Spun his cocoon and slept so quietly, /All through the winter he didn't make a sound, /He dreamt of his new life when he'd be flying all around. /While he was sleeping the snow did gently fall, /Winter came and went, then her heard the robin's call, /Come on Mr. Butterfly, out of your cocoon /Spread your wings and fly for me, while I sing my tune.
  • Bugs (sung to "Frere Jacques"): Big bugs, small bugs / Big bugs, small bugs / See them crawl / On the wall? / Creepy, creepy, crawling / Never, never falling. / Bugs, bugs, bugs! / Bugs, bugs, bugs!
  • Flutter, flutter, Butterfly! (sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"): Flutter, flutter, butterfly! / Floating in the summer sky. / Floating by for all to see. / Floating by so merrily / Flutter, flutter, butterfly! / Floating in the summer sky.
  • Insect Song (sung to "The Wheels on the Bus"):The firefly at night goes blink blink blink / Blink blink blink blink blink blink / The firefly at night goes blink blink blink / All around the town. / The bees in the flowers go buzz buzz buzz.... / The ants in the grass go march march march... The crickets in the leaves go chirp chirp chirp... / The caterpillar in the field goes creep creep creep....
  • Little Wiggle Worm Song (sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"): I'm a little wiggle worm, watch me go! / I can wiggle fast, or very very slow / I wiggle all around, then back I go / Down into the ground, to the home I know.

Math / Science
  • Counting: Count the number of legs on toy bugs.
  • Matching: Sort toy bugs according to number of legs, color, etc.
  • Identifying Shapes: Put together different paper shapes to make "bugs" (two triangles to make the wings of a butterfly, small circles on top of a larger oval to make a ladybug, circles in a row to make a caterpillar, etc.) and talk about the shapes that are used.
  • Size: Put toy bugs in order from smallest to largest, shortest to longest, etc.
  • Comparing & Classifying: Talk about which bugs can fly, which bugs crawl, which bugs hop, which bugs swim, etc.
Gross Motor: Active Play
  • Squirm like a worm across the floor on your tummy.
  • Hop like a grasshopper.
  • Go on a nature hike.
  • Dance to songs like "The Spanish Flea", "Flight of the Bumblebee", etc.
  • Catch and toss bean bags with butterfly nets.
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