By Patricia Peters
Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
The Jazz Fly by Matthew Gollub
Quiet in the Garden by Aliki
Bugtown Boogie by Warren Hanson
Mix and Match Book of Bugs by Sally Rose
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy
Pet Bugs by Sally S. Kneidel
Books to Bugs You!
If you have put up the garden bulletin board, add titles of books about insects or bugs on or around the flowers.
Make Inchworm nametags using the pattern provided at the end of this program.
Serve Gummy Worms in small paper cups. For added effect, bury the worms in crushed up chocolate wafer cookies.
Digging Up Earthworms
(By Patricia Peters. Sing to the tune of "Shortnin' Bread")
Digging up earthworms,
Wiggle worms, squiggle worms,
Digging up earthworms,
Ew! They're gross.
(By Patricia Peters)
Bugs can hop. (Hop)
Bugs can run. (Run in place)
Bugs can wiggle and squirm. (Wiggle all over)
But my favorite kind of bug, by far,
Is a scoochy inchy worm. (Raise right forearm; scoot right index finger across inch by inch)
Bugs by David L. Harrison
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach
Perform a puppet play based on the book, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: a Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy. A cockroach puppet may be purchased from Puppets on the Pier at http://www.americandreams.com/puppets.
- 1 or 2 puppeteers
- 1 reader
- 2 Cockroaches (Alternately Abuela could speak from offstage)
- Coffee cup
- Hanging flower pot
Buzzing Bugs Paper Plate Craft
- Paper plates
- Card stock or heavy construction paper
- Crayons or markers
Follow the directions at DLTK Kids,http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/insects/mbugs.htm.
- Construction paper
- Markers or crayons
- Glue sticks
In advance cut a bunch of circles from construction paper or use a die cut machine. Give each child a sheet of construction paper and a circle for each member of their family, plus one extra. Glue the circles onto the construction paper to form an inchworm. Draw a face on the circle and either draw a picture of each family member or glue a photograph of each family member on the other circles. Write the name of each family member on the circle. Color the rest of the picture to have the inchworm sitting on grass, heading home, or doing something else.
This is a version of "Simon Says." The children lie down on their stomachs on the floor. The caller tells the children how many "inches" to move forward. Each "inch" equals one scoot forward. Only those instructions beginning with "Inchworms…" should be followed. If a child moves without the required word, that child is out for the rest of the round.
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