This week is bug week, so grab your favorite little explorers and lets start crawling, fluttering, and buzzing into BUGS!

What We’re Reading:

The Grouchy Ladybug

Eric Carle (Author)

 

 

The Very Lonely Firefly

Eric Carle (Author)

 

Hi! Fly Guy

Tedd Arnold (Author)

 

 

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Bob Barner (Author)

 

 

Bugs Galore

Peter Stein (Author)

Bob Staake (Illustrator)

 

I Love Bugs!

Philemon Sturges (Author)

Shari Halpern (Illustrator)

 

Beetle Bop

Denise Fleming (Author)

 

 

Songs:


Parts of an Insect
(sung to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes)

Head,

Thorax,

Abdomen,

Abdomen.

 

Head,

Thorax,

Abdomen,

Abdomen.

 

Eyes and Mouths

Antenna too

Six legs and that’s an insect for you.

(Repeat)

 

Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly (sung to the tune of 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.

 

Ants Go Marching (sung to the tune of When John Comes Marching Home)

The ants came marching two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah!

The ants came marching two by two

The little one stopped to tie his shoe.

They all go marching down around the town.

Boom, Boom, Boom.

 

Other Verses:

The ants came marching three by three…

The little one stopped to climb a tree.

The ants came marching four by four….

The little one stopped to shut the door….

The ants came marching five by five…

The little one stopped to take a dive….

The ants came marching six by six….

The little one stopped to pick up sticks….

The ants came marching seven by seven….

The little one stopped to go to heaven…

 

The ants came marching eight by eight…

The little one stopped to shut the gate…

The ants came marching nine by nine…

The little one stopped to scratch his spine…

The ants came marching ten by ten

The little one stopped to say THE END

 

Insect Song (sung to the tune of 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….

 

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 sunShe flew away and then there were none

 

Activities:

Since this week is all about BUGS, here are a bunch of easy and fun bug activities to do with your favorite little buggies!

Make A Ladybug 

What You Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Red washable paint
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A pair of wiggly fingers!

Directions:

  1. Have your child paint the underside of the paper plate
  2. While your child is painting, cut out a head, some spots, and a thin rectangle with the black construction paper
  3. Glue on head and spots
  4. Poke two small holes in the head and thread the pipe cleaner through

Fly Swatter Painting 

This is a fun activity to do outside on a beautiful spring day.  You can do this project two ways – either use a large piece of construction paper, or buy a roll of craft paper and make gift wrap out of your kid’s fly swatter painting.

What You Need:

  • Craft paper (mailing sections of stores carry it) or use the opposite side of wrapping paper
  • A dish for paint
  • Paint
  • Fun fly swatter
  • You may also need some rocks to hold down the paper if it’s windy!

Directions:

  1. Either prepare your paper, or cut a large piece of paper off the roll
  2. Pour the paint into a dish
  3. Dip your swatter in
  4. SWAT ! (It can splatter so wear yucky clothes)
  5. Add a new color
  6. SWAT!
  7. Let dry
  8. Display for all to see, or use it to wrap a gift

 

The Ants go Marching 

What You Need:

  • 4 sections of egg carton
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

Directions:

  1. Cut out three sections of egg carton
  2. Have your kiddo paint the larger piece of egg carton
  3. Cut two holes in the top of one section of the ant (head) and thread half of one pipe cleaner (snip them all in two) to make antennas.
  4. Paint the egg carton
  5. Let dry
  6. Glue on some googly eyes

 

Symmetrical Bugs

This activity can be so much more than just creating bugs!  While making these bugs, talk to your little one about symmetry and color mixing.

What You Need:

  • Paint or paint dabbers
  • Brushes
  • Folded white construction paper
  • Markers/crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Lay out some newspaper and paint (I pre-folded a bunch of papers so they would be ready to go)
  2. Use a paintbrush or dabber and place the paint on one side of the fold or directly on the fold
  3. Make sure the paint stays wet
  4. Paint in a few sections to create 3 small creations or paint right down the center for one large creation
  5. Fold paper, press down, and smooth the palm of your hand over the paper to transfer the image to both sides of the paper
  6. Open the paper and see what you’ve created

 

Snacks:

DIRT!!!
What You Need:

  • Chocolate pudding
  • Crushed Oreo Cookies
  • Gummy Worms
  • Chocolate rocks

Edible Spiders!
What You Need:

  • Oreos
  • Licorice
  • Little candies (for the eyes)

Mom-Me Outing:

Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!  Take your favorite little people on a bug hunt! Keep track of the bugs you find by writing them down, drawing a picture, or taking a picture to create your very own “Bug Book”!