Wednesday, May 22, 2013


In keeping with the bug theme, how about some ANTics today!

Insect’s Body
(Tune:  “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”)
Head (Point to head.)
Thorax (Point to chest.)
Abdomen – abdomen! (Point to stomach.)
Head, thorax, abdomen – abdomen!
And eyes (Point to eyes.)
And mouth (Point to mouth.)
And antennae, two (Stick 2 fingers up.)
Six legs (Wiggle 3 fingers on each hand.)
And there’s an insect for you!
(Leave off a verse each time you sing and hum.)

Anatomy of an Ant
Brainstorm how to find out more about ants.  For example, you could look for a book in the library, search the internet, ask a scientist, observe an ant on the playground, etc.
Have children draw an insect and label the body parts.

The Ants Go Marching
(Tune:  “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”)
 The ants go marching one by one,            (Hold up one finger.)
Hurrah!  Hurrah!                                             (Fist in the air.)
The ants go marching one by one,
Hurrah!  Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb,  (Pretend to suck thumb.)
And they all go marching down,                  (Hands go down.)
To the ground,
To get out of the rain
Boom!  Boom!  Boom!                                   (Pat thighs.)

Two by two…tie his shoe                              (Pretend to tie shoes.)
Three by three…climb a tree                        (Climb a tree.)
Four by four…shut the door                          (Shut the door.)
Five by five…boogie jive                               (Dance in place.)
Six by six…pick up sticks                              (Pick up sticks.)
Seven by seven…point to heaven               (Point upwards.)
Eight by eight…learn to skate                       (Pretend to skate.)                                   
Nine by nine…scratch his spine                   (Scratch spine.)
Ten by ten…That’s the end!                          (Snap fingers.)

Let children dramatize this song.  Make headbands or let them wear number vests to indicate different verses in the song.

Ants on a Log
You will need:
Celery cut into 3-4” pieces
Peanut butter  (substitute cream cheese if there are peanut allergies)
Let children spread the peanut butter or cream cheese in the log. 
Place raisins/ants on the log. 
Eat and enjoy!

*You know, I’ve been making this snack for years, but it will be a new treat for many children.  Mmmm!  I just ate the one I made for the picture and it still tastes pretty good after all these years!