Read Aloud Books
Bugs GaloreWritten by Peter Stein, illustrated by Bob Staake
True to its title, it's bugs galore! All things that creep, slither, stick, flutter, and buzz. This was our guests' book of choice and was a great way to talk about all different kinds of bugs. They let the kids identify the bug on each page and then gave a little bit of supplemental information.
I Love BugsWritten and illustrated by Emma Dodd
A backyard bug safari! One little boy explores all of his favorite bugs. Sadly, we did not get to this one due to time, but is great for talking about safe bugs (like ladybugs!).
Some friendly, neighborhood exterminators came to storytime today to talk about bugs! They read a book and talked to the kids about which bugs were especially dangerous (e.g. the smaller the scorpion, the more venom) and which were helpful (e.g. crane flies eat mosquitoes--don't kill them). They also brought some examples along, of course...
Scorpions on the left and a tarantula on the right (which you can see if you look closely in the cage, directly above that kid's elbow). They also showed the kids what scorpions look like under a black light--because they glow! The kids were totally engrossed. And some might have just been plain grossed out.
Games & Activities
Game: Bug Catcher
This game was played afterwards, along with the craft. Each child would get a jar with the goal of catching six bugs. The way to catch them? Rolling the dice to see which color bug they could glue onto their paper. The dice we made with just some wooden cubes you find at the craft store. We got the idea and printables from Picklebums (though we made our jars a bit smaller).
Craft: Bug hats
And here I have my lovely coworker, Jenny, modeling our bug hats. Quite simply, the kids got to glue some eyes to a strip of paper, attach some pipe cleaner antennae, and buzz to their hearts' content.
Songs & Rhymes Ideas
Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Rhyme: Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Bumblebee, Bumblebee buzzing all around
Bumblebee, Bumblebee buzzing on the ground
Bumblebee, Bumblebee buzzing up so high
Bumblebee, Bumblebee buzzing in the sky
Bumblebee, Bumblebee buzzing past your toes
Bumblebee, Bumblebee buzzing on your nose
Other Book Ideas
Aaaarrgghh! Spider!Written and illustrated by Lydia Monks
Ten Little CaterpillarsWritten by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!Written and illustrated by Bob Barner