Storytime Theme: Ladybugs & Bumblebees

Have you heard the buzz? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  Puns!  Every time!  At any rate, storytime this week has been fun!  We are focusing on ladybugs and bumblebees—a topic that most kids know a LOT about and love to share their knowledge of!  I know I ended that sentence in a preposition.  Love the way you “spotted” that!  Ha!  Ladybugs have spots.  Don’t judge me—it “stings!”  HA!  Ok, I’ll stop now….

Books:

  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (This is a classic! It also opens the opportunity to discuss the ladybug’s diet and how they help humans.)
  • You Don’t Pat a Bee by Thelma Kerns (I picked this book because it is by a local author and I like to showcase our local talent to the kids. Plus, the book does have sound advice throughout it!)
  • The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre (Beautiful illustrations show us the life cycle of the Queen Bee, as well as the life of the hive!)

Activity:

Both of our activities this week focused on fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

 

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Ladybug Lost Her Spots: Without her spots, ladybug just looks like a red beetle!  We helped out by cutting out black circles and gluing them onto her back!

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Making Honey Like a Bee:  the kids got a picture of a honeycomb and pretended to be bees, leaving the hive, gathering pollen and nectar (in the form of circular stickers), flying them back in and plopping them onto the honeycomb.  Most of them said bees work a lot!  LOL!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                              

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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