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Storytime: Caterpillar/Butterfly

The group I have for this story time tends to run young. We started the story time by introducing the theme and going over how caterpillars turn into butterflies. This is a great time to introduce a non-fiction book by talking about the images. It was wonderful to see some of the children understanding the concept!

Books:
“Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert
“Butterfly Butterfly” by Petr Horacek
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

Two Little Butterfllies
Tune: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little butterflies sitting on a hill (hold up thumbs)
One named Jack and one named Jill (wiggle thumbs)
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

I’m a Caterpillar
Tune: Skip to My Lou

I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me (wiggle body)
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
What’ll I be my darling

I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me (whisper, put head on hands)
I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me
I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me
What’ll I be my darling

I’m a butterfly, come fly with me (soar around the room)
I’m a butterfly, come fly with me
I’m a butterfly, come fly with me
That’s what I’ll be my darling

Scarves
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Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Flutter, flutter butterfly floating in the summer sky (wave scarves overhead)
Floating by for all to see, floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter butterfly floating in the summer sky

Fly, Fly Butterfly
Tune: Skip to My Lou

Fly, fly butterfly (wave scarves while flying around the room)
Fly, fly butterfly
Fly, fly butterfly
Fly high up in the sky (wave scarves high)

(repeat)

Butterfly, Butterfly
Butterfly, butterfly dancing all around (wave scarves)
Butterfly, butterfly now you’re on the ground (lower scarves to floor)
In a tree you’re hard to see (raise scarves)
Now you’ve flown away (hide scarf behind back)
Butterfly, oh butterfly
Please come back some day!

Butterfly Colors
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The first to come to the garden bed
Is a lovely butterfly of brilliant red
Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friends of blue
“The garden is fine, the best I’ve seen”
Says the butterfly of softest green
Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly on in, butter with wings of yellow
Little friend of purple, fly in too
The garden is waiting for a color like you
Orange, orange, we’ve waited so long
Fly right in, where you belong.
Butterflies, butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together – what a delight!

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Storytime: Bugs

Book: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Itsy Bitsy Spider
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The itsy bitsy spider went 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 went up the spout again

To make this class song more interactive and fun try using a spider puppet or sing it again using “the great big spider.” When using a spider puppet I always tell the children that I’m going to introduce them to a very nice friend of mine. The spider puppet then comes out and is introduced to the children and might even shake hands. The kids get a kick out of this and it helps the children who might otherwise be scared of the puppet.

Spider on the Floor
You can either sing this song or play a recording. I personally use “Spider on the Floor” by Bill & Linda Seaberg. Since this is a longer song I have included the link to the lyrics.
“Spider on the Floor” by Raffi

Spider Web

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Check out my post to see how I made this portable flannel cube, it is the perfect size to take to daycares. 

The spider catches a fly
The spider catches a fly
Hi ho the dairy-o
The spider catches a fly
(repeat with other bugs)

Source: Storytime with Miss Tara

Book: Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek

Scarves:

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Flutter, Flutter Butterfly (with scarves)
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

Shoo Fly (with scarves) by Larry Groce

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
or
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

Pretty Ladybug (Flannel Board) (Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)

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Ladybug has 1 black spot, 1 black spot, 1 black spot
Ladybug has 1 black spot, pretty ladybug
(count up to 6)

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Storytime: Bugs

My Monday story time is for all ages but recently has turned into baby time. Sometimes I get children above the age of 1 but it is mostly 6 months to 1 years old. As such, I have taken out a story (I usually read 3), added in lap bounces and fingerplays that can be adapted. I have added the different actions for each activity, this way you can see the slight changes I use to make them fun for all ages.

Book

I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges

Beehive
Here is a beehive (make a fist)
But where are the bees? (shrug shoulders)
Hiding inside where nobody sees (point to fist)
Soon they’ll come out of their
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (raise one finger at a time)
BUZZZZZ, their alive! (wiggle fingers in air or tickle babies belly)

The Little Bee
The little bee went flying (fly hand in the air)
To see what he could see
And all that he could see
Was a little tummy! (tickle belly)

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers (wiggle fingers or touch baby’s fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes (stamp feet or touch baby’s feet)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton (pat belly or touch baby’s belly)
Round and round it goes (make circle on stomach or on baby’s stomach)

Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I have a board book set (12 books) for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” I give each parent and child a book to read together. Some children will look at it at their own pace, while others will follow along with me. I encourage the parents to let their child hold the book and encourage them to turn the pages.

Four Green and Speckled Frogs by Peter Moses

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Four green and speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 4 fingers)
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum, yum, yum (rub baby’s bell or rub stomach)
One jumped into the pool
Where is was nice and cool
Now there’s just three green speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 3 fingers)
Ribbit, ribbit

(count down)

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went 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 went up the spout again

Bouncing Baby
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee (bounce baby or jump)
Bouncing, bouncing 1, 2, 3 (lift baby or raise arms on 3)

Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee (clap hands)
Clapping, clapping 1, 2, 3

Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug baby or self)
Hugging, hugging 1, 2, 3

Grand Old Duke of York
The Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men (bounce baby or march)
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby or lift arms)
And he marched them down again (lower baby or touch floor)

And when they’re up, they’re up (lift baby or lift arms)
And when they’re down, they’re down (lower baby or touch floor)
And when they are only half way up
They’re neither up nor down (lift and lower)

Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me by Cedarmont Kids

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Shoo fly, don’t bother me (wave scarf around, pretending to try and hit a fly)
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star (wave scarf over head)
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star

Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

Free Play!!

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Storytime: Art

Books:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

 

 

 

 

 

Hurry Scurry Little Mouse
Hurry scurry little mouse,
Stars down at your toes
Hurry scurry little mouse,
Past your knees he goes
Hurry scurry little mouse,
Past where your tummy is
Hurry scurry little mouse,
Gives you a mousey kiss MUAH

If You’re Wearing Red Today (Tune: Mary had a Little Lamb)
If you’re wearing red today, red today, red today
If you’re wearing red today, clap your hands
(repeat with other colors and actions)

This is the Way…
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint
This is the way we stir the paint, so early in the morning
This is the way we dip our  brush, dip our brush, dip our brush
This is the way we dip our brush, so early in the morning
This is the way we paint the picture, paint the picture, paint the picture
This is the way we paint the picutre, so early in the morning

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Not Your Typical Baby Shower Books

I’m at the age (mid 20s) where it seems like everyone I know is getting married and having babies, I have lost count of how many bridal showers and baby showers I have attended in the past two years. My biggest pet peeve about baby showers, and no it is not the corny games, is that expecting mothers receive the same books over and over again. While there is nothing wrong with the tried and true, I have made it my job to purchase outside of the box. The following are the typical baby shower books given and then my list of amazing books you might not know about or wouldn’t think of, I’d love to hear your go-to baby shower book gift!









Typical Baby Shower Books
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
“The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“Pat the Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr.
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney
“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak










Not Your Typical Baby Shower Books

“All of Baby Nose to Toes” by Victoria Adler
“Moo, Baa, La La La!” by Sandra Boynton
“Llama Llama Nighty-Night” by Anna Dewdney
“Baby Bedtime” by Mem Fox
“Time for Bed” by Mem Fox
“Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes
“Kiss Good Night” by Amy Hest
“Counting Kisses” by Karen Katz
“Peek-a-Who?” by Nina Laden
“Meet Me at the Moon” by Gianna Marino
“Kiss, Kiss Good Night” by Kenn Nesbitt
“Curious George Story Book Collection” by H.A. Rey
“Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker
“I Am a Bunny” by Ole Risom
“I Love You Through and Through” by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
“On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman
“Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell

UPDATE: I have discovered some more books that make great Baby Shower gifts!

“Toes, Ears, & Nose!” by Marion Dane Bauer
“Where is Baby’s Belly Button”  by Karen Katz
“All Fall Down” by Helen Oxenbury
Leslie Patricelli
“Baby Cakes” by Karma Wilson

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