Bugs & Insects Theme: Ants in the Pants

Story time fun from the world of creepy crawlies…

Picture Books:  Giant Pop-Out Bugs by Wendy Lui, Backyard Bugs by Richard Ferguson, Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek, Anansi and the Talking Melon by Eric Kimmel, Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold, The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn & Jack Tickle, Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris, In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming, Big Bugs! by Keith Faulkner, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! By Bob Barner, The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle, The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, I Saw an Ant in a Parking Lot by Joshua Prince, I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince, Katy Did It! by Lorainne Siomades, Lenny’s Lost Spots by Celia Warren, Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, The Napping House by Audrey Wood


Two Little Ladybugs

(hold up index finger of each hand and follow verses) 

Two little ladybugs sitting on a hill,

One named Jack and the other named Jill. (wiggle each finger to name)

Fly away Jack. Fly away Jill. (fly fingers behind back, one at a time)

Come back Jack. Come back Jill. (return fingers to front, one at a time)

Two little ladybugs sitting on a pole,

One named High and the other named Low. (hold one finger high, the other low)

Fly away High. Fly away Low. (fly fingers behind back, one at a time)

Come back High. Come back Low. (return fingers to high and low positions)

Two little ladybugs sitting on a road,

One named Fast and the other named Slow. (wiggle each finger to name)

Fly away Fast. Fly away Slow. (fly one finger fast, the other  s  l  o  w …)

Come back Fast. Come back Slow. (return one quickly, the other slowly)

Two little ladybugs sitting on a gate,

One named Early and the other named Late. (wiggle each finger to name)

Fly away Early. Fly away Late. (fly one away early, the other late – of course!)

Come back Early. Come back Late. (you’ve got it…) 

Here is the Beehive

Here is the beehive. (hold up fist)

Where are the bees?

Hidden inside where nobody sees. (peer closely at closed fist)

Here they come,

Buzzing from the hive.

One, two, three, four, five! (hold up fingers as you count them)

The Fuzzy Little Caterpillar

The fuzzy little caterpillar curled up on a leaf, (hold out one hand, palm up & touch palm with one finger)

Spun her little chrysalis, and then fell fast asleep. (rest cheek on folded hands)

While she was sleeping, she dreamed that she could fly, (smile)

And later, when she woke up, she was a butterfly! (move arms like butterfly)

A Bug on Me

One, two, three, (count with fingers)

There’s a bug on me! (pretend to brush bug off shoulder)

Where did it go? (cup hand above eye and look around)

I don’t know! (shrug shoulders with palms up)


“Flick a Fly” by Hap Palmer (Walter the Waltzing Worm CD)

“Flea, Fly, Mosquito” by Sharon, Lois and Bram (Friends Forever CD)

“Spider on the Floor” by Raffi (Singable Songs for the Very Young CD)

“Bumble Bee” by Laurie Berkner (Buzz, Buzz CD) – great with shaker eggs!


Bug Jar Craft: Print clipart bug jar on white paper. Cut out or tear brown construction paper to make twigs and glue inside jar. Use bug stamps to fill your jar with interesting creatures.

Superhero Power Belt Craft: Color and stamp a construction paper strip large enough to go around child’s waist. Glue a large construction paper spider/scorpion/butterfly to the center of the strip, then fit it around the child’s waist and tape.

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