Bugs-Toddlers

Books

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner
Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horáček
“Buzz, Buzz, Buzz,” Went Bumblebee by Colin West
I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd
I Love Bugs! By Pilemon Sturges
One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano
Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi

Flannel Boards

Rhymes & Fingerplays

Here is the Beehive
Here is the beehive
But where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees
Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5… They’re alive!
Buzzzzzzz

Itsy, Bitsy Spider
The itsy, bitsy spider,
Climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain,
And washed the spider out,
Out came the sun,
And dried up all the rain,
And the itsy, bitsy spider,
Climbed up the spout again.

Additional Variations
teeny weeny spider…
great big spider…

Music

Five Little Flies by MaryLee Sunseri
I like to perform this song with a cow puppet. I put picture of 5 flies up on the board and pretend that the cow puppet swats them away with his tail.
The Ants Go Marching by MaryLee Sunseri
Although there are many different versions of the song, I like the version on Sunseri’s “Grasshoppers Three” album because it stops at 6. 10 is a little bit long for toddlers to manage.

Counting Butterflies

There were simply made butterflies. They were cut out with a die cut and pipe cleaners were used for their antennas.

Six little butterflies happy to be alive,
One flew off, and then there were five.

Five little butterflies on flowers galore,
One flew off, and then there were four.

Four little butterflies among the sweet peas,
One flew off, and then there were three.

Three little butterflies with nothing to do,
One flew off, and then there were two.

Two little butterflies resting in the sun,
One flew off, and then there was one.

One little butterfly, now the only one,
She flew off, and then there was none.