Ewww! Bugs!

By Patricia Peters

Books to Share

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

Books to Show or Booktalk

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

Bulletin Board

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.

Action Rhymes


(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)

Rhymes and Poetry

Bugs by David L. Harrison

Puppet Plays

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)
  • Rooster
  • Pig
  • Lizard
  • Mouse
  • Coffee cup
  • Hanging flower pot
  • Streetlamp


This is a photo of the Buzzing Bugs Paper Plate Craft with two decorated plates on a black background. Each plate has an intricate design colored on it like a kaleidoscope and a brad in the center.

Buzzing Bugs Paper Plate Craft
  • Paper plates
  • Card stock or heavy construction paper
  • Brads
  • Crayons or markers

Follow the directions at DLTK Kids,http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/insects/mbugs.htm.

A photo of My Inchworm craft where an inchworm has been formed by five green circles where each circle is a member of the family. My Family Inchworm is written across the top of the page where the circles have been glued together to form a worm.

My Inchworm
  • 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.

Games and Activities

Inchworm Crawl

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.

Craft Materials

Inchworm Nametag Pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (114 KB) (Full Page)

A full page of six inchworms outlined to be used as nametags.


Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011