Bugs and Brown, an Art Storytime


The Big Bug Ball by Dee Lillegard
I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturgis, illustrated by Shari Halpern

Our CSLP “Dig into Reading” theme continued this week with BUGS. The children were very excited to talk about all kinds of bugs. Some were very interesting (like dragonflies and butterflies) and some should be avoided (like mosquitos and fire ants). Then we read The Big Bug Ball. I enjoyed rhymes and the children enjoyed talking about all the different bugs they saw. We stopped several times in our telling to talk about the characteristics of the different bugs.

Our second story this week was I Love Bugs! Again, they were all quite excited to talk about the different bugs as they appeared in the book. One child quite emphatically told me not to touch ants because they would bite you (as he illustrated by biting his own finger.) Some of the insects in the story were not familiar to the children but they enjoyed discussing them anyway and those “in the know” were sharing their knowledge with the uninformed.

Action Rhyme:

My supporting activity this week was the Eency Weency Spider. We did the traditional, tiny spider with thumb and index finger pinched together. We followed up by singing the Big Fat Spider with the thumb and index finger as far apart as they could go. Then we rounded off the songs by singing The Really Fast Spider and The Really Slow Spider.

Eency Weency Spider

The eency weency spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the eency weency spider went up the spout again

Art Station:

Our art word this week was BROWN. None of the children claimed it was their favorite color. However, then we had a discussion about all the things that are brown: trees, puppy dogs, hair, people, chocolate. Once we started talking about all the things that are brown, they admitted that brown is a useful color.

Our featured art station this week included brown, white and red paints. The brown paint was composed of the leftovers from previous painting projects (RECYCLING!) To make the project a bit more exciting (and work on more fine motor control) the children also had access to some confetti type pieces of colorful paper they could stick to their paint and some glitter. The glitter was provided in an empty plastic spice shaker with half the holes blocked. Amazingly enough, glitter mostly stayed on the art, not the library.

Featured art station set up:

  • Brown, white and red paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper
  • Confetti pieces
  • Glitter

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