Bugs, Bugs, Bugs by Bob Barner
Summary: Using rhyme and bright, colorful collage illustrations, this book teaches young children that bugs aren’t all that bad! The book ends with actual-sized illustrations of the creatures and a "Bug-O-Meter" that lists a few of their characteristics.
Beetles, bees and butterflies are just a few of the bugs my two daughters learned about while also learning about the letter Bb!
ABC Letter Box
I created an ABC letter box to start out each letter unit. On the first day of the letter study, I pull out the box and have the girls tell me the names of all the objects. We listen to the first sound the word makes. Then I point to the letter and tell them that this is the letter that makes this sound. We also sorted all the Bb’s on a letter sorting mat from Confessions of a Homeschooler. You can find more details about the ABC Letter box and how to use it at Spell Outloud.
ABC Letter Learning Activities
We learned a little rhyme, found all the letter B’s, and then colored the page to add to our ABC binder. I also created a similar coloring sheet with Ephesians 4:32 written on it.
One activity we do with every letter are letter cut-out pages. My older daughter cuts the pictures out and glues them onto a letter Bb page. I cut the pictures out for my 2yr. old and let her glue them onto her letter Bb page. These pages were created by Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations. I also wrote a poem and made it into a handwriting sheet for my daughters to work on. You can find the download link at the end of this post.
We made this cute letter B craft out of craft foam. We got the idea from Jolanthe’s Buzz, Buzz, Busy Bees post.
Our letter B verse activity was based on "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9. We sang a song and made a craft to help us practice the verse.
ABC Songs and Rhymes
We sang My Metamorphosis, sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou and used crafts we made to illustrate the song. The words and craft instructions are found at Butterfly Unit for Young Children.
ABC Pretend Play and Games
Since bees collect pollen, we decided to pretend that we were bees collecting pollen. The complete instructions and even more bee ideas can be found at Bees: Preschool Theme Unit.
I printed out beehive number cards. Then we used yellow counters to pretend that it was honey from the honey comb. This allowed for practice with one-to-one correspondence. Then we placed little bees on the honey and pretended they were eating it.
I found some mini-erasers that were Bb-themed. I had my 2 year old daughter sort the erasers into 3 small bowls. We said the names of each object, listening for the Bb sound. Then I helped her sort the erasers into bugs/not bugs.
I picked up some stretchy bugs at the Target Dollar Spot and created a color sorting mat that went along with the colors of the bugs. My daughters had to put the bugs in their “homes” aka right color on the mat.
All my kids enjoyed decorating our own bug cupcakes!
For each letter I will be providing several downloadable resources plus a letter planner page. You can find these resources at Spell Outloud’s HSPrintables.
Other Totally Tots Resources on Bugs:
Bugs, Bugs Bugs!
Other ABC Resources:
ABC Printables from Homeschool Creations
Letter of the Week Curriculum from COAH
ABC Flashcards and More from 1+1+1=1
ABC Letter Crafts
Songs for Saplings ABC Verses