Songs About Bugs for Kids

Instructor: Abigail Cook
Insects and bugs are fun topics for children to learn about and explore. Music and songs will add an engaging and interactive element to your bug unit that all children can enjoy!

Songs About Bugs

Singing songs may be a fun supplemental activity for your insect unit. Here are a few songs about bugs you might use at home or in the classroom. These ideas are just a few examples of the activities you could do to go along with the songs. Use these suggestions to get you thinking of what your own children and students might enjoy.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Caterpillars

This song goes to the tune of 'One Little, Two Little, Three Little Indians.'

During the first verse, have children crawl around on the ground like caterpillars. Then instruct them to jump up and fly around the room like butterflies for verse two.

Verse One:

One little, two little, three little caterpillars,

Four little, five little, six little caterpillars,

Seven little, eight little, nine little caterpillars,

Ten caterpillars on the ground!

Verse Two:

One little, two little, three little butterflies,

Four little, five little, six little butterflies,

Seven little, eight little, nine little butterflies,

Ten butterflies in the sky!

Ants Go Marching

March in place while singing this song to practice rhythm and moving to the beat. You can also add other actions to go along with the different parts. For example, you could instruct your students to play a pretend drum, run in place, or pretend to take a dive. You could have your students practice holding up the correct number of fingers with each verse to demonstrate they understand counting to five. You could also have students choose a verse and draw a picture to illustrate what the ant is doing in the song. For example, one child might choose to draw an ant diving into a swimming pool or closing a door. To help students practice rhyming, ask them to think of a new verse for the numbers 6-10.

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 play the drum

And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out, of the rain

Boom boom boom boom! Boom boom boom boom!

(Song repeats the same words and tune with each verse)

The ants go marching two by two

The little one stops to tie his shoe…

The ants go marching three by three

The little one stops to scratch his knee…

The ants go marching four by four

The little one stops to shut the door…

The ants go marching five by five

The little one stops to take a dive…

5 Little Butterflies

Start this song with five butterfly pictures attached to your white board. Choose a student (five total) to come up and take one butterfly down as you sing each line. This will help students visualize the concept of subtraction and also practice counting backwards.

Five little butterflies by the door

One flew away, and then there were four.

Four little butterflies by the tree

One flew away, and then there were three.

Three little butterflies up in the blue.

One flew away, and then there were two.

Two little butterflies out in the sun

One flew away, and then there was one

One little butterfly now all alone

She was so lonely she flew away home.

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