Waiting For Wings Storytime
Last week, I came across this article in the Lawrence Journal World about an early abundance of caterpillars this year, which will naturally lead to an abundance of butterflies in the Lawrence area.
It was my inspiration behind last Sunday’s caterpillar and butterfly storytime…
Waiting For Wings Storytime Line-up:
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
A colorful and educational book about the butterfly life cycle.
Adapted from In the Children’s RoomFirst comes a butterfly and lays an egg And out comes a caterpillar with oh so many legs. See the caterpillar spin and spin, A little chrysalis to sleep in, Now we wait and see, shhh… When out of the cocoon, my oh my, There comes a beautiful butterfly.
The Caterpillow Fight by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Jill Barton
A goofy book about a group of rowdy caterpillars.
Caterpillar, Caterpillar Hand Rhyme
Adapted from Jane JohnsonCaterpillar, Caterpillar brown and furry, (Hold hand out with pointer finger out sideways) Winter’s coming and you’d better hurry. (Move pointer finger in and out) Find a leaf under witch to creep, (Hold out other hand flat like a leaf and move caterpillar linger under it) Spin a chrysalis in which to sleep, (Spin caterpillar pointer finger around leaf hand, then grab caterpillar finger with leaf hand to make a chrysalis) And when warm weather comes your way, (Keep holding caterpillar finger with other hand.) You’ll be a butterfly and fly away! (Lock thumbs and flap hands upward.)
Farfallina & Marcel by Holly Keller
This is such a darling book and the kids really enjoyed it. Had to find extra copies of Farfallina & Marcel for a few families to take home with them that day.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
We ended storytime with everyone’s favorite. I had the kids join in whenever we came to the phrase, “…but he was still hungry!”
We made two very similar butterfly crafts. The first one, tissue paper butterfly rings, I thought might be too girly for the boys, so I also had a magazine butterfly station. I don’t know why I thought that would be less girly than the rings and even so, the boys ended up making the rings after all. Lesson learned.
Butterfly Ring Craft:
Using the other pipe cleaner half for the ring, cut in half again.
Magazine Butterfly Craft:
Found this craft idea here. The magazine butterfly is very similar to the butterfly ring. Only slightly more difficult.
Pinch one or two folded magazine pages in the center and slide into pipe cleaner “v” and twist the pipe cleaner ends together two or three times, securing the wings.