Bugs, bugs, bugs

We are back with another term of Storytime and Pram Jam blogs and this week in my Storytime post I will be talking about Creepy Crawlies.
We love creepy crawlies as a theme because we have busy spiders, clever ladybirds, marching ants, and so many other bugs/arachnids to talk about.

Everyone loves A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle because it is an amazing book but it is not one of the ones I am going to be talking about today.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider The Very Busy Spider is much too busy to run in the meadow or roll in the mud because she is spinning her web. Using Eric Carle’s familiar collage illustration style the book looks at a range of farm animals, what sounds they make, and what they may do on the farm all while the spider’s web gets bigger and bigger. By the end of the book we can see a finished web and we know the purpose of these marvellous creations.


Creepy Crawly Calypso by Tony Langham

Creepy Crawly Calypso All the bugs are getting into the creepy crawly calypso. The first, second, third bugs are all rocking good bugs. This book explores ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, etc) with a range of different bugs that are all joining in on the musical fun. With an additional CD that turns the story into a song this book is lots of fun.




Ladybird or ladybug craft.
ladybug craft
To do this craft you would need to draw a simple ladybird template, with some places for dots. We then cut it out (a chance to develop fine motor skills), colour it in (developing the muscles needed later for writing), and then we can decorate it. We used circle stickers and glitter on the back of the ladybug and then added six popstick legs (a chance to practice counting skills and a characteristic of all insects) and two antennae with a googly eye to finish the craft off.


There are lots of amazing bug rhymes but I have picked one of my favourites. It is a fingerplay rhyme where our pointer finger is used as the caterpillar and we practice the skills needed for adding one which is different from counting.

The Caterpillar

One little caterpillar crawled on my shoe
wriggle finger like a worm on one shoe

Along came another and then there were two
show two fingers

Two little caterpillars crawled on my knee
wriggle two caterpillars on one knee

Along came another and then there were three
show three fingers

Three little caterpillars crawled on the floor
walk three fingers along the floor

Along came another and then there were four
show four fingers

Four little caterpillars all crawled away
walk four fingers across the floor

They will all turn into butterflies one fine day!
join your hands together like a butterfly and fly away!

If you have any creepy crawly craft, books, or rhymes you would like to share please leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you.