Friday, May 17, 2013

Storytime - Butterflies

Spring is in the air in Ohio, so I was inspired to do a caterpillar/butterflies storytime!

The Plan


Don't Worry Bear by Greg Foley (Preschoolers)
The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent (Preschoolers)
Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek (Toddlers)
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert (Preschoolers)
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. (Toddlers)


“Five Little Caterpillars” (w/ flannel)

5 Little Caterpillars tucked in eggs among a score
1 began to hatch and that left four.
4 Little Caterpillars munching on some leaves
One became too full and that left three.
3 Little Caterpillars spinning their cocoons
One fell right to sleep and that left two.
2 Little Caterpillars basking in the sun
Then he became a butterfly! …BUT WAIT! There still was one.
1 Little Caterpillar waiting for his turn
But it never came because he was…a worm!

I got the inspiration for this one from Narrating Tales for Preschool Storytime. Her flannel is much better than the one that I did last-minute, so I'm not even going to post a picture.

“Fuzzy Little Caterpillar"

(sing to Itsy Bitsy Spider)

A fuzzy little caterpillar curled upon a leaf
Spun her little chrysalis and then fall fast asleep
While she was sleeping she dreamed that she could fly
And later when she woke up, she was a butterfly!


Coffee filter butterflies! Geekily enough, I had been waiting to do this craft for a while. You just take regular old coffee filters, set out washable markers and let them at it. I went around a folded the filter up for them and put it in the clothespin. They then folder their pipe cleaner antennae and we clipped those in on top. No glue required! If you are feeling ambitious, you can give them googly eyes to glue on. I was not feeling ambitious as we are frantically trying to get ready for school visits. 

Please forgive the poor quality from my camera phone.

Have you done a butterfly themed storytime? Any good books/rhymes/crafts you'd like to share?

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