nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs Preschool Nursery Rhymes About
Insects  and  Bugs 
  Early childhood education themes are enhanced by this resource collection of nursery rhymes, fingerplays and action songs about insects, bugs and fuzzy wuzzy creepy crawlers.  These poems and songs have withstood the test of time and are still popular with preschool children and their teachers. Creepy Crawler Activities are in the  Rainbow Resource Room.



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Little  Miss Muffet
Traditional nursery rhyme

Little Miss Muffet,
Sat on her tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened
Miss Muffet away.

A Beetle
Action poem

I know a beetle
Who lives dow a drain
His coat's very shiny
But terribly plain
When I take a bath
He comes up the pipe
Together we wash
Together we wipe


Transition  Time

 Rhyme Themes



The Ants Go Marching
Traditional action song

The ants go marching one by one,
Hurrah, hurrah.
The ants go marching one by one,
Hurrah, hurrah.
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to such his thumb,
And they all go marching down
Into the ground to get out of the rain,

Two...tie his shoe...
Three...climb a tree...
Four...shut the door...
Five...take a dive...
Six...pick up sticks...
Seven...pray to heaven...
Eight...shut the gate...
Nine...check the time...
Ten...say "THE END"


The Beetle
Judy W. contributes this cute rhyme.

Beetle, beetle up in the tree,
Fly down and show your armor to me!
Shiny brown, black, or green,
You're the toughest bug I've ever seen!

Eency Weency  Spider
A classic fingerplay

The eency weency spider
Went up the water spout,
  fingers imitate a moving spider
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
   fingers imitate falling rain
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
   arms make a large circle
And the eency weency spider went up the spout again
   fingers imitate a moving spider. 


Fuzzy  Wuzzy, Creepy Crawly

Encourage preschool children to act out the words of this poem by Lilian Schulz.

Fuzzy wuzzy, creepy crawly
Caterpillar funny,
You will be a butterfly
When the days are sunny.

Winging, flinging, dancing, springing
Butterfly so yellow,
You were once a caterpillar,
Wiggly, wiggly fellow.

Judy W. offers this lovely rhyme

 If you ever watched a butterfly,
 You would think the same;
 To call him rather "flutterby",
 Is more a fitting name.
 For what he has to do with butter
 I cannot understand.
 But he can surely flutter better
 Than any insect can!


Let the words describe the actions

Little fuzzy caterpillar
In your warm cocoon
The cold winter's over and you'll be hatching soon.
Then you'll spread your wings
On a warm summer's day
And wave us all goodby
As you fly, fly away. 


Little  Black Bug
Encourage preschoolers to add the appropriate sound effects to this poem by Margaret Wise Brown

Little black bug,
Little black bug
Where have you been?
I've been under the rug,
Said little black bug.

Little green fly,
Little green fly,
Where have you been?
I've been way up high,
Said little green fly.

Little old mouse, 
Little old mouse,
Where have you been?
I've been all through the house
Said little old mouse.

Lady Bugs
Ask preschool children to perform the actions that the words suggest.

I saw a little lady bug flying in the air,
But when I tried to catch her, two bugs were there.

Two little lady bugs flew up in a tree.
I tiptoed very quietly, and then I saw three.

Three little lady bugs--I looked for one more.
I saw one sitting on the ground, that made four.

Four little lady bugs--another one arrived.
I saw her sitting on a flower, and that made five.

Five little lady bugs, all red and black--
I clapped my hands and shouted, and they all flew back!

Insects  All  Around
Improvise a tune or sing to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Lady bugs and butterflies,
Buzzing bees up in the sky.
Teeny, tiny little ants,
Crawling up and down the plants
Many insects can be found
In the sky and on the ground.

creepy crawly bug
The Creepy Crawler Activity Theme is in the  Rainbow Resource Room.

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