A bug made of awesome

A bug made of awesome (Photo credit: MRCPLChildrens)

Bugs seem to fascinate and to spook preschooler. They are a favorite topic of many. I am amazed how much they know about insects and arachnids. (Yes, I have met a few preschoolers that use the term “arachnid”.)

With Halloween around the corner, bug songs might be a good fit for preschool fun (with only a little freight)! Here are some of my favorite songs and activities for preschoolers about bugs.

Buggy books to share with preschoolers

  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” exists in many forms. Have fun singing this classic.
  • Eric Carle’s “The Very Busy Spider” is fun to share. Sing Lynn Kleiner’s “The Spider Kept on Spinning” between each animal.
  • Create verses using “Apples and Bananas” when reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

Bug songs to sing with preschoolers

The Addison Public Library created a great collection of rhymes and partner songs about bugs.

This Buggy Biology Lesson Song (to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”) can be found on several sites.

Head and thorax, abdomen, abdomen, abdomen. 
Head and thorax, abdomen, That’s an insect. 

Every insect has six legs, has six legs, has six legs. 
Every insect has six legs, that’s an insect. 

Antennae to feel their way, feel their way, feel their way. 
Antennae to feel their way, that’s an insect.

  • There’s a Spider on the Floor (Raffi)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • The Ants Go Marching
  • Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee
  • Roly Poly in My Guacamole (Leslie Bixler)
  • Bumblebee (Laurie Berkner Band)

Looking for activities to go with the topic? Pinterest has tons!

Have fun exploring bugs with preschoolers!


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