Flannel Friday: Bugs

No pictures today because the week went by too darn fast! I’ll add them when I can.

Today I have a new set of clip art for you: Bugs! There’s a green inchworm and a yellow bee and a blue butterfly, a brown worm, an orange lightning bug, a purple dragonfly, and a red ladybug. Oh, and a black ant. They’re pretty cute. Check out the Color and Counting Sets post for a few ideas of what to do with them.

PLUS! Two more ideas:


I’m also including a couple of labels: One says “Crawls” and one says “Flies.” You can put the labels up on either side of your flannelboard, and hand out all the bugs to the children. Ask them to think about their insect and decide if it is a flying bug or a crawling bug. Encourage them to talk it over with their grown-ups! Conversation is so amazing for building language skills!

Remember some of them will be tricky: The ladybug flies AND crawls, and you can’t see its wings. Does the worm crawl, even though it doesn’t have legs? So you can take the ladybug and the worm out of the mix for toddlers, if you’d like. When the kids have decided which category their bug belongs to, you can call them up and have them put their pieces under the right label. You can count which category has more insects in it. Are you noticing this sorting, comparing, and counting is early math? How cool!

Bug in the Rug

I was looking at old storytime idea books in our professional collection today, and found this idea in “Felt Board Fingerplays” (by Liz and Dick Wilmes, 1997), so I quick made a rug to add to this post!

Put one of each kind of insect on the flannelboard, and put the rug at the top. Have the children look at and name all the bugs, then tell them to close their eyes. (Miss Mary Liberry made up a perfect, simple keep-your-eyes-closed song you can sing during activities like this.) While they are not peeking, slip one of the bugs under the rug. Tell the children to open their eyes, and have them try to figure out which bug is missing. You could say a quick chant like, “Under the rug, under the rug, which little bug is under the rug?” Repeat this a few times with different bugs. Try sneaking two bugs under the rug!

(Ed. 11/11: I am no longer sharing my clip art files due to copyright concerns, so I’ve taken down the link to the files. However, if you search in Microsoft Word clip art you may find the original files I started with.)

Anne at So Tomorrow is hosting Flannel Friday this week, so keep an eye out over there for the Round Up! Thanks Anne!

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11 Responses to Flannel Friday: Bugs

  1. Mary K says:

    My kids ADORE these guessing game rhymes and I am SO going to use the bug-under-a-rug one! Perfect! I’m excited to make little felt fringed rugs.

  2. Katie says:

    This is PERFECT! I have bug storytime on Tuesday next week, and I’m pretty sure I could hammer out a flannel before then, haha.

  3. Melissa says:

    Mary–You know I can’t wait to see your darling little rugs! Katie–I *JUST DID* my bug storytime last week, now it’s killing me that I have to wait until I can do this myself. Have fun!

  4. Anne says:

    This is a great idea! I love the extension activities (counting, sorting) but I confess that I would be terrible myself at knowing whether a bug flies or crawls. All I know is I want it gone if it’s in my house! 🙂

  5. Rebecca says:

    Hi Mel,

    I really love your site and go to it a lot for programming ideas. You’re even bookmarked in my favorites. As a fellow flannelboarder I was so happy to see your new Flannelboard Friday initiative. Not being blessed with the ability to draw makes producing flannelboards a bit time-consuming so it’s great that you and others are posting what you’ve done as inspiration to us all. Could you please post your pattern for the flannelboard astronaut theme you did a while back? It is perfect for an upcoming program we are planning. Thank you so much for your contributions to an amazing profession.

  6. Melissa says:

    Thanks, Anne! Hee hee, I have trouble with “spider” storytimes for the same reason. *shudders*

  7. Melissa says:

    Rebecca, thanks for the kind words. You are welcome! I love sharing ideas and I’m grateful to my fellow bloggers Anne and Mary, who took the idea for Flannel Friday and really made it into something fabulous! The astronaut clothes set never got posted because the way I did it was a little time-consuming, but let me work on it for next week’s Flannel Friday and see what I can do for you!

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  9. Karen says:

    I love the insect clipart and would love to use them with my preschoolers, but was wondering where you got the pictures? Or how I can download them from here to use? Thanks.

  10. Melissa says:

    Hi Karen–Unfortunately, I don’t share my clipart files any more because of copyright concerns. I did find my bugs in Microsoft Word clipart, but those images change from time to time (frustratingly) so I don’t know if you’ll find the exact same ones, but it’s worth a look! Good luck!

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