Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Songs and Books!

We presented a very large storytime downtown for our Halloween program! We had over 386 people attend! We danced to some REALLY great Halloween songs and read some wonderful books that I wanted to share!
Here are the songs we danced to:
It's Showtime by The Learning Station on the CD, Get Funky and Musical Fun with the Learning Station
This is a classic song we play at almost every Riverwalk storytime program before the show begins.
Goo Goo Ga Ga by Joe Scruggs on the CD, Traffic Jams
We presented a puppet show to go along with this hilarious song about a baby that mesmerizes a Troll and a Witch with her adorable baby speak.
Pumpkin Twist from the CD, Halloween with Victor R. Vampire & Friends
If you are looking for some fun songs that will get kids dancing and involved in the party, consider The Pumpkin Twist.
Spooky Loo on the CD, Wee Sing for Halloween
This is a really fun action song too! Here are the lyrics:
Here we go Spook-y Loo, Here we go Spook-y Light,
Here we go Spook-y Loo, All on a Hal-low-een night.
1. You put your right hand in, You put your right hand
out, You give you right hand a shake, shake, shake, And you turn your-self a-bout. Oh,
(Chorus after each verse)
2. ...left hand...
3. ...right hand...
4. ...left foot...
5. ...head...
6. ...whole self...
Tippytoes by Marcia Louis on the CD, Dancin' With Mr Bones
This is a really fun song where we went on tippytoes, went walking, marching, and running! The song speeds up as you change movements. We had signs for the words "Happy Halloween!" and "BOO!". We each held up a sign when the word was said. The children loved the "BOO" part in this song and you could tell they enjoyed participating!
Halloween Dance on the CD Golden Records Spooky Halloween Hits
This is the classic 60's hit that we ended the Halloween Riverwalk with! In this song you shake your hands like a skeleton, you put your arms up like a goblin, and dance like a fairy! It's a really great song to get kids moving.
Books we read at the Halloween on the Riverwalk:
Ghost Face based off the book, Monkey Face by Frank Asch


This was the prop story about the ghost named Casper who drew a picture of his dad. He came along and met a vampire, a spider, and other friends who had him change the picture to add something unique. For example, the vampire Capser met suggested that he add fangs to the picture. The spider suggested to Casper that the drawing was missing not one, but 8 legs! Casper added all these things to the drawing and brought it home to his dad who LOVED the drawing, just because it was made by Casper, just for him.
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
This is a classic book where we scare each part of the monster such as the scraggly purple hair, green monster face, etc. Kids love to yell at "GO AWAY" during this story!
Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea


This story is one of my new favorite books! We turned this book into a prop story with 1 big black spooky box decorated with spider webs and inside that box contained 2 more spooky boxes! We all read a list of different spooky things that could be inside the box such as evil puppets, a squid far from home, or snakes! We added our own ending to the song by listening to some animal sounds to give us clues as to what was inside the spooky box. Inside our boxes were a bat and a cat!

The Three Bears' Halloween by Kathy Duval


This was our puppet show this year. This story is about 3 bears who go trick or treating on Halloween. Papa Bear puts on his funny ears, Mama Bear dons a curly wig, and Baby Bear wears a black mask (in the book he wears a tiger suit but we modified it for our puppet show). Eventually Baby Bear sees a witch and yells, "Someone is a big, bad witch," but many children in our audience recognized the Goldilocks puppet under the witch's costume. The ending is when Goldilocks takes her mask off and reaveals that she isn't really a big, bad witch at all!



Happy Halloween!




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bathtime Storytime for 2s and 3s

I did not get the chance to perform this storytime with the 2 and 3 year olds because I was very sick last week. My coworker lead the program for me on Tuesday but here is what I had planned:

1. Regular Opening Song (to tune of the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, Clap, clap-clap
This the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, clap-clap


This is the way our knees say hello,
With a tap tap-tap,
Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say hello,

With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap

This is the way we wave hello,
Wave hello, wave hello
This is the way we wave hello,
So early in the morning

3. Blow bubbles and sing the song "Hello Bubble" brought to you by Jbrary!


Lyrics:
Hello Bubbles, hello bubbles
Come and land, come and land
Right in the middle, right in the middle
of my hand, of my hand
Goodbye bubbles, goodbye bubbles
time to go, time to go
I can help you, I can help you
with a blow, with a blow
3. Book: Bath Time by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Janet Pederson


4. Flannelboard: Five Rubber Duckies by Miss Sarah (me!)
This rubber ducky is number one.
He went swimming in the bath just for fun.
With a wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
And a Squeak!
Squeak! Squeak!
One rubber ducky came swimming back.


This rubber ducky is number two.
He walks around like others do.
With a wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
And a
Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!
Two rubber duckies came swimming back.

This rubber ducky is number three.
He’s hiding now-where can he be?
With a wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
And a
Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!Two rubber duckies came swimming back.

This rubber ducky is number four.
She ate a fish, but she wants some more.
With a wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
And a
Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!
Four rubber duckies came swimming back.

This rubber ducky is number five.
He flapped his wings and tried to fly.
With a wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
And a
Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!
Five rubber duckies came swimming back.

5. Song: Bob McGrath - Soap Song


6. Book: Big Red Tub



7. Flannelboard Story: 5 Hippos in a Bath Tub


One hippo in the bathtub,
Going for a swim.
Knock, knock (slap knees twice)
Splash, splash (clap hands twice)

Come on in! (motion ‘come’ with hands)


Continue until 5 Elephants…..
Five hipposs in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
They all fell in!


Idea taken from Sunflower Storytime and changed elephants to hippos since we had a hippo die-cut shape!


8. Song: Raffi - Bathtime
You could blow bubbles during this great Raffi song OR you could sing "Goodbye Bubble" (same as the opening Hello Bubble song shared above by Jbrary)




9. Closing Song (to tune of the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap,Clap, clap-clap
T
his is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap, clap-clap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap, tap-tap,Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap
This is the way we wave goodbye,Wave goodbye, wave goodbye,This is the way we wave goodbye,Goodbye until next time
10. Give children a duck stamp on their hand!

Additional Songs:


The Night I had a Dream by Laurie Berkner
 


 Louis Lion Sings Good Night -  Boys in the Bath (Track 5)



Carole Peterson - I Brush My Teeth (Track 7 from Baloney!)

Any song from the Seseme Street CD, Splish Splash Bath Time Fun



Other Books to consider:

Bathtime Piggly Wiggly by Christyan and Diane Fox



Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Applet, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka


My Blue Boat by Chris Demarest


Who's in the Tub by Sylvia Jones, illustrated by Pascala Constantin



Other Rhymes to Use:


Bubbles
a small bubble (make a circle with your hands)
a medium sized bubble (make a larger circle with your hands)
a great big bubble i see (make a large circle with your arms)
now let’s count them, are you ready?
1 –2 – 3 (make 3 circles again)
pop! (clap hands loudly once)


(From Sunflower Storytime
)

Evan’s Bath Song by Rachel Bartkowiak
(To the tune of Rockabye, Baby)
Splishin’ and splashin’
In the bathtub.
When we take a bath
We clean and we scrub.
With a washcloth
And a little shampoo,
And when it’s all over
We smell good as new.
Splishin’ and splashin’
That’s what we do.
Don’t forget Ducky.
He likes it, too.
Watching’ the bubbles
Dance in the tub.
Oh, how we love bath time
Rub-a-dub-dub!
From Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives



This is the Way We Take a Bath

(tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wash our hands
Wash our hands, wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands
So early in the morning.

This is the way we wash our hair
Wash our hair, wash our hair,
This is the way we wash our hair
so early in the morning.


This is the way we wash our feet
wash our feet, wash our feet
This is the way we wash our feet
So early in the morning


The Toothbrush Song
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them everyday.
We put toothpaste on our brush
To help stop tooth decay.

Floss, floss, floss your teeth.
Floss them every day!
Using the string to clean between
Keeps the plaque away!
Clean, clean, clean your teeth.
Clean them every day!

Your teeth will sparkle for years to come
In the most beautiful way!
Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
Brush them every day!
Happy, healthy teeth you'll have
If it's done this way.

(From: Can Teach)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Colorful Storytime for 2s and 3s

1. Song: Glad to See you by Peter & Ellen Allard on the CD Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it! Vol.2



2. Regular Opening Song (to tune of the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, Clap, clap-clap
This the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, clap-clap


This is the way our knees say hello,
With a tap tap-tap,
Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say hello,
With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap

This is the way we wave hello,
Wave hello, wave hello
This is the way we wave hello,
So early in the morning
3. Book: Duckies Rainbow by Frances Barry

4. Action poem: Say and Touch

Say "red" and touch your head.
Say "sky" and touch your eye.
Say "bear" and touch your hair.
Say "south" and touch your mouth.
Say "rose" and touch your nose.
Say "in" and touch your chin.
Say "rest" and touch your chest.
Say "farm" and touch your arm.
Say "yummy" and touch your tummy.
Say "bee" and touch your knee.
Say "neat" and touch your feet"

5. Song: Legs and Arms by Pancake Manor


6. Book: Cat's Color by Jane Cabrera


7. Flannel board rhyme: Five Little Kitty Cats

5 little kitty cats playing near the door.
One ran and hid inside, then there were 4.

4 little kitty cats underneath a tree,
One heard a dog bark, then there were 3.

3 little kitty cats wondering what to do.
One ran to chase a bird, then there were 2.

2 Little kitty cats sitting in the sun.
One ran to catch his tail, then there was 1.

1 little kitty cat looking for some fun.
He saw a butterfly, then there were none.

8. Book: Giant Pop-Out Shapes, A Pop-Out Surprise Book

This book was a huge success with the children! The kids loved guessing the shapes and colors presented on each page. They were well engaged and entertained till the end of the book. This books is also very educational for toddlers by reinforcing their colors and shapes!

9. Goodbye song (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)


This is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap,
Clap, clap-clap
This is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap, clap-clap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap, tap-tap,
Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap
This is the way we wave goodbye,
Wave goodbye, wave goodbye,
This is the way we wave goodbye,
Goodbye until next time

Other Books to Consider:
WOW! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood



I Say, You Say COLORS! by Ted Carpenter


This is a fun book that promotes interactive learning for the young readers. I Say, You Say COLORS! enhances reading skills through repetition, practicing new words and matching. 
Autumn Orange by Christine C. Jones, Illustrated by Todd Ouren



This is also a darling book that is perfect if you are presenting the storytime in the fall!

Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr, Illustrated by Eric Carle

This book could also be made into a flannel board story if you have the time to trace the animals from the book and color them using Pellon. If you've never made a flannelboard story using pellon, click here to learn how to do it. Although this blogger says to use crayons, I'm lucky to have a nice selection of fabric markers at work to use. The fabric markers work EXCELLENT.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bedtime Storytime for 2s and 3s!

1. Regular Opening Song (to tune of the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, Clap, clap-clap
This the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, clap-clap


This is the way our knees say hello,
With a tap tap-tap,
Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say hello,

With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap

This is the way we wave hello,
Wave hello, wave hello
This is the way we wave hello,
So early in the morning

2. Book: Tuck Me In! By Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt


This book is so darling. It names many baby animals that need to be tucked in and the illustrations are adorable and vibrant. Each animal presented has a half-sized page on the right that is the bespread which you turn over to tuck the animal in. It is such a fun book and it's perfect for this age group. I asked children to name the animals as I read through the book which helps to build their vocabulary!

3. Flannelboard: My Stuffed Animals Get Ready For Bed by Annie Inches

This is an excellent children's book that can be made into a wonderful flannelboard story. You can act out some of the words while you put the pictures of the animals onto the flannel board. The animal names are bolded in red and you can use any clipart that suits your fancy!

My stuffed animals are wild - not sleepy at all.
Tumbling and twirling, they dance down the hall.
They slide and they squeel-one stands on his head.
How can I get these guys ready for bed?

My furry polar bear goes scrub-a-dub-dub.
Hush, furry polar bear-get out of the tub.

My scruffy monkey bangs a pot on his head.
Hush, scruffy monkey-hop into your bed.

My squeely pink pig plays electric guitar.
Hush, pink pig-wish on a star.

My little red hen eats alphabet soup.
Hush, little hen-climb into your coop.

My fluffy kitten hides under the rug.
Hush, fluffy kitten-give me a hug.

My spotted cow signs songs to the lambies.
Hush, spotted cow-put on your jammies.

My slippery snake slithers and hisses.
Hush, slippery snake-blow me some kisses.

My velvety horse asks for some light.
hush, velvety horse-now say goodnight

My shaggy llama winds up his clock.
Hush, shaggy llama-hush-hush and tick tock.

My scaly dragon stretches and yawns.
Hush, scaly dragon-the curtains are drawn.

The time has come to say your good-nights.
Hush, cuddly ones-turn out the lights.

Now my stuffed animals are as safe as can be.
Settled and quiet, they watch over me.

Good night. Sleep tight.

4. Song: Puttin on My Pajamas - Baby Loves Jazz

5. Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen


This is SUCH a fun book! The kids really love it and the parents always get a kick out of it as well. I really love all the dinosaur books by Jane Yolen.

6. Flannelboard Story: In His Jungle Bed
Read this softly until the last line

Way down deep in his jungle bed
a lion rests his sleepy head
a SNAKE comes by and asks him to roar
(put your head on your hands, like you are sleeping and snore)
 
Way down deep in his jungle bed
a lion rests his sleepy head
a MONKEY comes by and asks him to roar
But the lion just snores a gentle snore
(put your head on your hands, like you are sleeping and snore)

Way down deep in his jungle bed
a lion rests his sleepy head
a PARROT comes by and asks him to roar
But the lion just snores a gentle snore
Then he lifts his head with a great big ROAR!
(ROAR LOUDLY)




 

7. Song: Bouncin on the Bed by Philly Joe Giraffe



8. Flannel Board Rhyme:

5 yellow crescent moons,
How sleepy one did snore!
He went away to bed
and then there were 4.

4 yellow crescent moons.
Shining bright as could be.
One went to find the stars
and then there were 3.

3 yellow crescent moons.
Now what could they do?
"I'm off to play," said the bright eyed one
and then there were 2.

2 yellow crescent moons
Out came the sun.
"I't's much too bright", one complained
and then there was one.

1 yellow crescent moon
Alone so way up high.
Shines and shines for all the earth
Can you see it in the sky?


9. Closing Song (to tune of the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap,Clap, clap-clap
T
his is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap, clap-clap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap, tap-tap,Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap

This is the way we wave goodbye,
Wave goodbye, wave goodbye,
This is the way we wave goodbye,
Goodbye until next time

10. Give children a star stamp on their hand!

Other books to consider:

The Whole Night Through by David Frampton


This book is SO beautiful. I really love the woodcut illustrations because they provide such a nice contrast of colors for a night time setting. There are a lot of big words in this book that will be unfamiliar to toddlers but there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! It's never too early to introduce obscure animals to children!

Night Lights by Susan Gal



This is a truly beautifully illustrated book about a child's nighttime routine through the many lights that she sees. There are street lights, night lights, star lights and good nights. This would be a great addition to any toddler storytime about bed time! "Night Lights” was included in School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009 list! This book has also received a tramendous review from Kirkus Reviews and she also received a star, which is "assigned to books of unusual merit." Here is what they had to say:

“For this family of three – mother, daughter, and pup – the everyday events of an evening take on special meaning in this debut author/illustrator’s capable hands. A single word or two describing the lights that brighten the night determine each page’s action. A streetlight illuminates the darkened cityscape as mother and child cycle home; firelight makes for a cozy backyard BBQ; a flashlight produces a shadow-puppet play. Gal cleverly weaves these intimate moments together to create a seamless bedtime story. The illustrations, done with a heavy oil crayon or chalk pastel-type texture in combination with cut and pasted photographic elements, are infused with an inviting warmth. Reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats, for the atmospheric collage work, and Margaret Bloy Graham, with a pooch that could double for Harry (whose story the girl reads in bed with her dog), the images manage to be both fresh and familiar. The many warm renderings of light – the glow from a reading light, the comfort of the night-light and the peacefulness of the moonlight – reveal the loveliness of a night spent with an affectionate family”. -- Kirkus Reveiws

Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora

 
This is also an adorable book which goes through all the things a child sees in a regular day, from grandparents to daddy to the moon to a rubber ducky at bathtime! The ending is "Peekaboo, I see you!"

Time for bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail


I really love this book not only because of the fun story, but also because of the beautiful water color illustrations! This is also a story children can relate to if they happen to have a dog. The dog Fred is shown doing all sorts of activities other than going to bed, such as jumping in a puddle or hiding in some flowers. The texts repeats, "that's not your bed, fred!" Then fred is shown taking a bath and zipping down the stairs without being dried (which, if you have a dog, is something we've all dealt with!) Then Fred is shown hiding again and the texts reads "Fred? .... Fred?..... Fred? it's very late now, Fred. Time for bed." Then the dog is read one story and afterwards he jumps onto the reader's bed, "Oh Fred, that's MY bed!" Let's find your bed, Fred..."  and at last, Fred is shown sleeping in his dog bed.

Nap in a Lap by Sarah Wilson

 
This is a cute and short book featuring baby animals taking their naps in very interesting places. Piglets snooze in haystacks. Ladbugs doze on rosebuds.But what's the best place for a tired little girl and her puppy to nap? Just like the other babies, they find the perfect spot, which so happens to be a nap in a lap!

Additional Fingerplays and Rhymes:

Going to Bed
This little child is going to bed (point to self)
Down on the pillow he lays his head
(rest head on hands)
He wraps himself in covers tight (wrap hands across body)
And this is the way he sleeps all night (close eyes, nod head)
Morning comes, he opens his eyes (raise head, eyes open wide)
Off with a toss the covers fly (fling arms wide)
Soon he is up and dressed and awake (jump up)
Ready for fun and play all day (clap hands and turn in a circle)
Credit:
Best Kids Book Site // Used: “Day and Night” Storytime & “Starry Night Stories”
Five White and Fluffy Sheep
Five white and fluffy sheep (hold up five fingers)
In the pasture fast asleep (hands under head, lean over)
Their wool kept them cozy all night long (hug yourself)
Snore! Snore! (make snore sounds)
The farmer slipped away with one (hold up one finger)
And sheared the wool till he was done (clap)
Then there were 4 white fluffy sheep (hold up four fingers)
Baa! Baa! (baa!)

Big Yellow Moon
Big yellow moon shines so bright, (circle overhead)
Glides across the starry night (arms left to right)
Looks down at me (hand shades eyes)
Asleep in bed, (head on hands)
Whispers, “Good night sleepyhead.” (shh)
Big yellow moon, your turn is done (move arms down)
Here comes Mr. Morning Sun (circle overhead)
I wake up. (arms stretch out)
You go to bed. (head on hands)
“Sleep well, Moon, you sleepyhead.” (shh)
Five Little Bats
Five little bats flew out one night
(Hold up five fingers)
To have some fun in the bright moonlight.
(Move your hand in a circle)
The first one said, “You can’t catch me!”
(Move your thumb away to the side)
The second one said, “Look out for the tree!”
(Shake your first finger in warning)
The third one said, “I love to swoop,”
(Make your middle finger do a graceful dive)
The fourth one did a loop-the-loop.
(Move your ring finger in a circle)
The fifth one said, “Let’s catch some gnats!”
(Wiggle your little finger)
Isn’t it fun being five little bats!
(Wiggle all five fingers)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bzzzzzz! A Busy Bee and Bugs Storytime for 2s and 3s!


This storytime focuses on bees and bugs! This is a nice theme for storytime for this age because children love to make bug noises! At the beginning of this storytime, I greeted the children at the door with a bee puppet and after the children got their name tags on, I went around saying hi to each child. This helps me get to know the child and allows them to get to know me. After a while, they begin to feel more comfortable in storytime because of this!


1. Intro Song: Hands are for Clapping by Jim Gill on the CD Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes

1. Regular Opening Song (to tune of the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, Clap, clap-clap
This the way our hands say hello,
With a clap, clap-clap, clap-clap

This is the way our knees say hello,
With a tap tap-tap,
Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say hello,

With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap

This is the way we wave hello,
Wave hello, wave hello
This is the way we wave hello,
So early in the morning

2. Book: In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming




3. Flannelboard: Bugs in the Yard

The Bugs in the Garden
(to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")


The ladybugs on the plants have lots of spots
Lots of spots, lots of spots.
The ladybugs on the plants have lots of spots
Out in the yard.


The fireflies at night go blink, blink, blink
link, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink.
The fireflies at night go blink, blink, blink
Out in the garden.


The bees in the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz
Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz.
The bees in the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz
Out in the garden


The crickets in the fields go chirp, chirp, chirp
chirp, chirp, chirp.
The crickets in the fields go chirp, chirp, chirp
Out in the yard.


The ants in the grass go march, march, march
March, march, march, march, march, march.
The ants in the grass go march, march, march
Out in the yard


The caterpillars on the leaves go munch, munch, munch
Munch, munch, munch, munch, munch, munch
The caterpillars on the leaves go munch, munch, munch
Out in the yard.


The spiders in the bush, they spin their webs
spin their webs, spin their webs.
The spiders in the bush, they spin their webs
Out in the yard.


The butterflies in the sky go flit, flit, flit
Flit, flit, flit, flit, flit, flit.
The butterflies in the sky go flit, flit, flit
Out in the yard.


The worms in the ground, wiggle and squirm
Wiggle and squirm, wiggle and squirm.
The worms in the gruond, wiggle and squirm
Out in the yard.



4. Song: Bugs Bugs Bugs on the CD Go, Go Animals! by the Monkeydoos. This song is fun and is about how itchy bugs are. A snippet of the lyrics: Now I'm scratching my head, my nose, and my ears, and now I'm scratching my legs, ankles and toes, etc.


5. Book: Big Bugs! Giant Creepy Crawly Pop-Ups written by Keith Faulkner, Illustrated by Stephen Holmes, paper engineering by Jonathan Lambert


Kids were so wound up after hearing the Bugs Bugs Bugs song but the beautiful pop-ups in this book got their attention back, thankfully! Suddenly the room was quiet again as the children looked at the bugs in amazement. I love this book too because it has facts you can read about each bug so it also has a non-fiction component which is great!!

6. Flannelboard Story: Buzz Said the Bee by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

This is actually a level 1 reader but has been translated into a really cute flannelboard story! The kids love acting out the animal sounds.

Once there was a bee who sat on a DUCK.
"Quack," said the duck.
"There's a bee on me."
And the duck said, "Scat," but the bee just sat.
So the duck quacked again and sat on a HEN.

"CLUCK," said the hen.
"There's a duck on me."
And then hen said, "Scat," but the duck just sat.
So the hen danced a jig and sat on a PIG.

"Oink," said the pig.
"There's a hen on me."
And the pig said, "Scat," but then the hen just sat.
So the pig took a bow and sat on a COW.

"Moo," said the cow.
"There's a pig on me."
And the cow said, "Scat," but the pig just sat.
The cow began to weep and sat on a SHEEP who was fast asleep.

So the cow said, "MOO,"
And the pig said, "OINK,"
And the hen said, "CLUCK,"
And the duck said, "QUACK,"
Then the bee said, "BUZZZZ-Z-Z-Z-Z!"
And that's all there was.

 

7. Closing Song (to tune of the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap,Clap, clap-clap
T
his is the way our hands say goodbye,
With a clap clap-clap, clap-clap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap, tap-tap,Tap tap-tap
This is the way our knees say goodbye,
With a tap tap-tap, tap-tap

This is the way we wave goodbye,
Wave goodbye, wave goodbye,
This is the way we wave goodbye,
Goodbye until next time

8. Give a bug stamp at the end! We had a ladybug and a bee one.

Other books to consider:

Snug As a Bug by Michael Elsohn Ross, Illustrated by Sylvia Long


Buzz, Buzz, Buzz, Went Bumblebee by Colin West



Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? A Garden Guessing Game by Anne Rockwell

 
Other bug flannelboard stories:
 
 
Five Little Bees (author unknown)
One little bee blew and flew.
He met a friend, and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be—
Along came another and that made three.
Three little bees, wanted one more,
Found one soon and that made four.
Four little bees, going to the hive.
Spied their little brother, and that made five.
Five little bees working every hour—
Buzz away, bees, and find another flower.
Brilliant Butterflies by Susan M. Paprocki 
The first to come to the garden bed
Was a lovely butterfly of brilliant red.

Then in comes another and that makes two,
Fly right in, my friend of blue.

"The garden is fine, the best I’ve seen,"
Said the butterfly of springtime green.

Dressed so fine in a butterfly gown,
Flew in another, the color of brown.

The garden needs a sunshiny fellow,
So fly right in if your wings are yellow.

I love the colors, they’re a glorious sight,
But one thing for sure, we need some white.

And where is its opposite? Come join the pack,
For what a fine gift is the color black.

This is perfect I really do think,
If only you’d join, butterfly of pink.

Little friend of purple, take a place too,
This garden is a perfect spot for a color like you.

Orange, orange, you’ve waited so long.
Fly right in, where you belong.

Butterflies, butterflies, you’re such a sight.
Flying together in springtime delight.