Toddler Time: Bugs!

Man, bugs really do get a bad rap, but they’re so cool! They have so many awesome adaptations, and they’re pretty nice to look at a lot of the time, too. So let’s work together against bugcism and teach kids to love bugs with a bug-themed storytime!

Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello

Nursery Rhymes: Hickory Dickory Dock and Diddle Diddle Dumpling

Book: I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges

I like the ultra-simple illustrations and text in this book. It’s short enough that toddlers can sit through it, and it offers lots of opportunities to talk about the bugs in the pictures. I know some people hate the term bugs, because it can refer to so many different kinds of critters, but hey, it’s an easy term to group together similar things.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

It’s a total classic, and it’s awesome. The toddlers were so excited to hear a song they knew the words to already!

Book: Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Another classic. Not my favorite book by far (not even my favorite Eric Carle book!), but a crowd favorite nonetheless! That crazy hungry caterpillar!

Song: The Bugs in the Town (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The butterfly’s wings go
flap flap flap
flap flap flap
flap flap flap
the butterfly’s wings go
flap flap flap
all through the town

We only did two verses (butterfly’s wings and bee in the flower goes buzz buzz buzz), but the kids got really in to this one.

Book: A Butterfly is Patient by Diana Huts Aston

This book has really amazing illustrations. Each page features a sentence, like “A butterfly is patient” and then some fact about what that means. The facts are way too long for wigglers, though, so I just book walked them through it. We read each main sentence, and I summarized the facts for them.

Book: Big Bugs! by Keith Faulkner

This super-short book has been languishing on our storytime shelf because it’s a popup and not destined to be long in this world if it goes in to circulation. It’s really fun — each page has a short rhyming sentence, and then you can guess what huge pop up is hiding behind the page. It was fun to do with my kids — they really like pop ups! Who doesn’t, though, right?!?

Shaker Songs: We’re Going to Kentucky and Shake Your Shakers High

Song: Rum Pum

Goodbye Song: Goodbye Goodbye We’ll See You Soon

Overall, this was a pretty good story time. We had a few new faces who weren’t sure how toddler time works, but I know they’ll get the hang of it lickity split!


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