My last storytime for this past session had a Butterflies and Caterpillars theme. I was really excited about this one, but it turned out to be one of our unpredictable attendance days. I had only 3 children show up while I had 33 people for the Frogs storytime! Crazy!

It was still fun for us, though and all those other storytimers missed out!

Opening song this session was The More We Get Together with ASL signs.

We also sang If You’re Ready for a Book, which I changed only slightly from Storytime Katie’s version.

Book #1 was A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston

A Butterfly Is Patient

This book is non-fiction and it’s really beautifully illustrated. I explained that this book wasn’t a story like some of our other books, but was about real butterflies and caterpillars. I didn’t read this one word for word, but we looked at lots of pictures and I either read the captions or interesting parts or paraphrased them. They especially liked the page about the largest and smallest butterflies.

After reading our book, we did a Flannelboard of 5 Colorful Butterflies from Miss Meg’s Storytime. (Just gonna say that these butterfly flannels took me a long time to make, but it was so worth it!)

Colorful Butterflies Flannelboard

The first to come to the garden bed
is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED

Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE

This garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
says the butterfly of the softest GREEN

Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly, with wings of YELLOW

Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
the garden is waiting for a color like you

Hello ORANGE, we’ve waited so long
fly in, right where you belong

Butterflies, Butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together with such delight!

Next we did a fingerplay that I also found on Storytime Katie and which she credits to SurLaLune Storytime:

Fingerplay: “My Friend Caterpillar”
My friendly caterpillar (fingers crawl up arm)
Made its cocoon one day (close hands together)
It turned into a butterfly (open hands with thumbs hooked)
And quickly flew away (flap hands)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

We played with scarves a bit and pretended they were colorful butterflies. I adapted this action rhyme from Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends:

Bippity Boppity Boo, A Butterfly landed on my shoe (with scarves)

Bippity Boppity Band, now it’s landed on my hand

Bippity Boppity Bee, That butterfly landed on my knee

Bippity Boppity Bed, A butterfly is on my head

Bippity Boppity Bose, now it’s sitting on my nose

Bippity Boppity Beet, That butterfly is on my feet

Bippity Boppity Beg, now it’s landed on my leg

Bippity Boppity Barm, A butterfly is sitting on my arm

Bippity Boppity Bye, My butterfly has flown off into the sky

Bippity Boppity Bit, Now it’s time for me to sit

Book #2 was a classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One little boy who came for the first time today, sat facing the door with his arms crossed and ignoring all the rest of us until we did the scarves action rhyme, when he turned and started to look interested in spite of himself. When I pulled out this book, he moved a little closer and started to listen. And then I said, “I love this book so much, I think we should tell the story again!”

And then I pulled out a Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet and he actually started to smile and clapped his hands together! That made me so, so happy! We told the story together, with me holding up each of the cards with pictures of the foods that the caterpillar ate through each day. They were impressed with the way the caterpillar puppet turns into a butterfly at the end.

I hadn’t planned on this shaker egg song, but since we had a really small group and I really wanted the boy I just mentioned to have a good first time experience, we danced and marched around with our shaker eggs to Rocks and Flowers by Caspar Babypants and then did We Shake and We Shake And We Stop like this song from Jbrary.

We ended with a pop-up book, Butterfly, Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek.

Butterfly Butterfly - A Book of Colors

Our craft was these beautiful coffee filter butterflies. We painted them with watercolors and then cut the filter in half and put them into a clothespin for wings. They colored the clothespins with markers.

Clothespin butterfly