1st Grade Storytime – Buggy Bugs!

When I’m on Infant/Toddler Storytime rotation, and I also have school-aged class visits coming in during the same time period, I’ll often take the same theme and adapt it to fit the different audiences.  That’s what I did for today’s first grade visit.  I carried the bug theme through, and just switched it up a bit. 

BOOK:
FrogInABogbyWilson
Frog in a Bog by Karma Wilson

FLANNELBOARD:
Bug in a Rug
BugInARugFlannelboard1
Template & Story from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes

I used this flannelboard for my infant and toddler storytimes, but I changed it up a bit for the first graders.  I put each bug on the flannelboard and, without my prompting, the kids named each one.  Then I told them I was going to hide one of the bugs under the rug, and they would have to tell me which one.  They closed their eyes, and I recited:

“Bug in a rug
Bug in a rug.
Who is that
Bug in a rug”

The kids opened their eyes and told me which was missing.  Since they all wanted to participated, I had them say it all together.  We played this way for a few times.  Then I made it a little harder by hiding one bug, but mixing the other bugs on the board up.  We did it that way a few times.  Then to make it a bit harder, I hid two bugs, but didn’t tell them I was going to.  I think to make it even better for older kids, I would add more bugs.

MOVEMENT: We Work With One Hammer*

BOOK:
CanYouMakeAScaryFacebyThomas
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

BOOK:
WideMouthedFrogbyFaulkner
The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner
VIDEO:
GiggleGiggleQuackDVD
“Diary of a Fly” from Giggle, Giggle, Quack … and More Stories by Doreen Cronin

OTHER MATERIALS TO USE:
Little Bear's Band DVD
“Clever Cricket” from Little Bear’s Band DVD


HOW IT WENT:
This was a pretty fun (and rowdy!) storytime.  The great thing about first graders is that they want to tell you everything that they have going on, and engage with every story you read.  We had a lot of fun this time, especially with Can You Make a Scary Face? (Which is great with audiences of all ages). And when we went to stand up, all the kids knew we would be doing, and were looking forward to, We Work With One Hammer.  I think the video was a bit too old this time around, though, so next time I might switch it up for a Little Bear story.

ATTENDANCE: 18 people

Bugs – Toddler Storytime

While I don’t like real bugs, storytime bugs are pretty cute.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
OneLittleBlueberrybySalzano
One Little Blueberry
 by Tammi Salzano

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10LadybugsFlannelboard
Ladybugs

FLANNELBOARD:
Bug in a Rug
BugInARugFlannelboard1BugInARugFlannelboard3Template & Story from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes

Place all the bugs on the board and name each one.  Then put the rug up.  Tell the kids that you are going to play a game and hide one of the bugs under the rug.  They close their eyes, and you hide one bug.  Tell them to open them, then say,

Bug in a Rug
Bug in a Rug
Who is that
Bug in a Rug?

Have the children guess.  Repeat the game until it gets old. (I did it with three different bugs.)  Then have kids name all the bugs again as you put them away.

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:
CanYouMakeAScaryFacebyThomas
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:
WheelsOnTheBusDVD
“Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” from The Wheels on the Bus …and More Musical Stories

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
 ILoveBugsbyDodd Don'tWorryBearbyFoley DaddyIsADoodlebugbyDegen
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodds
Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley
Daddy is a Doodlebug by Bruce Degen

GoodMorningMaisyDVD
DVD: “Fleas” from Good Morning, Maisy

HOW IT WENT:

I went back to the beginning for my welcome song, and decided to use “Clap Your Hands”.  I really like this one, and doing it again after a break made me realize how much.  One Little Blueberry went over really well, and I especially think Can You Make a Scary Face? was a good choice because the groups were very active today.  That provides a nice way to channel energy.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  47 people      11 am: 29 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Bugs – Infant Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:
ILoveBugsbySturges
I Love Bugs
 by Philemon Sturges

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
Bug in a Rug
BugInARugFlannelboard1BugInARugFlannelboard3
Template & Story from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes

Place all the bugs on the board and name each one.  Then put the rug up.  Tell the kids that you are going to play a game and hide one of the bugs under the rug.  They close their eyes, and you hide one bug.  Tell them to open them, then say,

Bug in a Rug
Bug in a Rug
Who is that
Bug in a Rug?

Have the children guess.  Repeat the game until it gets old.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

BOOK:
SnugAsABugByRoss
Snug as a Bug 
by Michael Elsohn Ross

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
Little Miss Muffet
LittleMissMuffetFlannelboard
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 OneLittleBlueberrybySalzano
One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano 

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime theme.  I really liked using I Love Bugs! but Snug as a Bug didn’t seem to work as well.  It was a good book, but a more quiet one.  I need to find some other good books to use for this theme.

ATTENDANCE: 41 people

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music