The Beehive

Here is the beehive (closed fist)
But where are the bees? Hands up, shrug shoulders
They're hidden away (put hand behind back)
Where nobody sees (shake head)
Soon they'll come creeping (slowly bring fist out from behind back)
Out of the hive (hold fist in front)
One, Two, Three Four, Five (unfold one finger at a time)
Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! (tickle someone nearest you!)

I attach this fingerplay poem to construction paper after the kids have traced around the pattern block.

Have kids make several thumbprint bees with  yellow tempra paint and let dry.

Add a head/face, wings and antennas!

The kids LOVE being able to go home and share this poem with their family!
To My Bug Page!
Buggy Writing
Students wrote simple sentences on picture paper and then decorated their page using foam bug shapes from Oriental Trading.
Make your own BUG CATCHERS from plastic food containers!  Buy several colors of Tulip Paints or other slick paints (found in craft department) and let the kids decorate the lids by making ladybugs, and other little bugs!  Add their name, let dry, and punch a few holes in the top with an exacto knife.  Fill the containers with a bit of grass, a stick or two and go on a classroom bug hunt!!!  Kids love this activity!
Songs & Fingerplays

The Fuzzy Caterpillar

(Tune:  Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The fuzzy caterpillar
Curled up on a leaf,
Spun her little chrysalis
And then fell fast asleep.
While she was sleeping
She dreamed that she could fly,
And later when she woke up
She was a butterfly!

Five Little Ladybugs

Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants,
Eating the aphids, but not the ants!
The first one said:  "Save some aphids for me!"
The second one said: "These are tasty as can be!"
The third one said:  "Oh, they're almost gone!"
The fourth one said:  "Come on, let's fly!"
So they opened their wings and flew through the sky.

Do You Like To Buzz?

(Tune:  Do Your Ears Hang Low?)

Do you like to buzz,
Are you covered all in fuzz?
Do you call a hive a home
In the Garden where you roam?
Do you know how to make honey,
Are your stipes a little funny?
Do you like to buzz?

I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee

I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee. ( Cup hands together and swing back & forth)

Won't my mommy be so proud of me?
I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee.
OUCH!  It stung me! (Look at hand real fast like you were actually stung)
I'm squishing up the baby bumblebee. (Smash thumb into hand)
Won't my mommy be so proud of me?
I'm squishing up the baby bumble bee.
Eeewww!  It's all yucky! (Look at hands & make a face)
I'm wiping off the baby bumble bee. (Rub hands down legs)
Won't my monny be so proud of me?
I'm wiping off the baby bumble bee.
Now my mommy will be proud of me!

Striped Caterpillar

(Tune:  Adams Family)

My tummy is fat (snap, snap)
I like it like that - (snap, snap)
I wiggle around
I jiggle around
My tummy is fat (snap, snap)
I'm a stri-ped caterpillar
I'm such a chubby feller
I love to eat and eat,
those leaves are such a treat
(Back to refrain)

Caterpillar Song

(Tune:  Yankee Doodle Dandy)

I started as a tiny egg
Upon a leaf of green
And now I stay upon the leaf
so I will not be seen
Soon I'll build a chrysalis
Upon a limb up high
I'll stay a while and then come out
and be a butterfly!
Buggy Books!
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