Friday, September 4, 2015

toddler time: cute as a bug

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a spider! Do you know a song called the Itsy Bitsy Spider? Let’s sing it!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout...

Did you know the spider has a friend, called …. Ladybug? She likes that song too!

The Itsy Bitsy Ladybug went up the water spout…

And we have another friend today too: Butterfly!

The Itsy Bitsy Butterfly went up the water spout….

We have one more friend to meet: Bumblebee!

The Itsy Bitsy Bumblebee went up the waterspout…

This is such a classic song that most everyone knows already but I love mixing it up with different size spiders or using other insects. I got this version from Jbrary of course! That link has tons of amazing puppet ideas -- so fun!

I passed out paper bees to all the kids & we did our weekly rhyme.

Put your bee UP, put your bee DOWN
Hold your bee and turn around!
Put your bee UP, put your bee DOWN
Put your bee down on the ground.

Books We Read: 
I Love Bugs- Sturges
Butterfly, Butterfly- Horacek

Fun Buggy Fingerplay:

Here is a beehive
But where are all the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees!
What them come creeping out of their hive
1 2 3 4 5…. BUZZZZZZ!

Flannel Story: Butterflies in a Net

Oh look at all the butterflies up in the sky!
Spread their wings and start to fly!
I'll sneak up close & try to catch
one little butterfly in my net

Repeat until all the butterflies are in the net (just a pencil, a pipe cleaner and some netting!)

Craft #1: Bug Stick puppets

These bugs were printed off a website onto white cardstock; we have butterfly, bee and ladybug. It was supposed to be a mobile type craft but I didn’t have enough so we colored them separately & attached popsicle sticks.

Craft #2: Plastic Bag Butterflies

This was the real craft I planned but the coloring one buys me some time to pass out supplies. I love this craft because its super easy & adorable but the best part is that the prep is really minimal. 

I trim the tops off sandwich size ziplock bags. Kids stuff them with some tissue paper squares. You tape up the top, pinch them in the center and wind a pipe cleaner around the middle to create a body, wings and antenna. Kids and moms just love this simple craft.

We had 2 sessions, about 35 kids total. Love this theme, especially the puppet song and the craft. Got lots of compliments on the flannel board too! A really fun day!

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