Creepy Crawlies

Creepy crawlies, beautiful bugs, squirmy worms, flying cockroaches, scary spiders!

Do you love them? Do they scare the pants off you? 

Over the past few years we have had some awesome close encounters with bugs of various shapes and sizes at Coolbellup library and I always enjoy getting up close and personal with bugs that I know are harmless.

Every single creepy crawly plays its part in an ecosystem and on our planet. The functions that they play are many.  They pollinate flowers and crops, they recycle nutrients by eating dead plants and animals, they control pests, they aerate the soil, and they fertilise the soil with their droppings.

So if you have a budding entomologist or just an interest in the world around you, be sure to introduce your young one to the world of creepy crawlies.

Link to Catalogue record for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

This book is an absolute classic, and your own parents may have read to you!  First published in 1969, this book takes the reader through the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly in a way that is full of humour and easy to understand.

With bright, beautiful illustrations this book also encourages an understanding of numeracy and time, with the caterpillar gorging itself throughout the week. There’s a reason that this book has been translated into over 60 languages and is still in demand today!

Mini-Beasts Closeup  –  Mark Norman

A great introduction to non-fiction, this book is full of amazing close up photographs of some very interesting mini-beasts.  The author provides 16 gorgeous pictures of some common and some not so common creepy crawlies, with a snippet of information about each one.

If attacked, ladybirds can squirt a smelly, horrible tasting liquid out of their legs.

The bite-sized facts about each creature along with the incredible photography will engage young readers and this is a fantastic book to share with interested pre-schoolers.

Link to Catalogue record for Mini-Beasts Closeup
Link to Catalogue record for Heads and Tails Insects

Head and Tails Insects – John Canty

This is the perfect book to share with your young one as it encourages kids to guess what the creepy crawly is from a picture of its tail and a few facts.  Children will love guessing what the creature is from the clues given before turning the page to discover if they were right and to find a new tail to decipher . 

The illustrations in the book are lovely and there’s a quirky twist at the end.

Caterpillar Craft

What to do:

Glue the pom poms to the pop stick.  Place the largest pom pom at the end for the head.  Twist the pipe cleaner around the pop stick just behind the head to make antennas.  Stick down the wriggly eyes with glue. Allow to dry.

What you’ll need:

Pom poms, one larger than the rest.

Pipe cleaner

Wiggly eyes

Large pop stick