EYFS: Listen and Play - Minibeasts

Today Cat Sandion is thinking about all the minibeasts in the garden and we hear a story about how Susie's caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.

Introduction

Key vocabulary: minibeast, worms, slugs, beetles, bees, caterpillar, butterfly.

Sound discrimination: Cat invites the listeners to guess the sounds: bees buzzing and grasshoppers chirping. She then invites the children to think about the minibeasts which don’t make a sound - worms, butterflies, spiders, slugs and snails - and to think about how they move.

Rhyme time – Wiggly Woo
There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden
And his name is Wiggly Woo
There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden
And all that he can do
Is wiggle all night
And wiggle all day
He’s wiggling his life away
There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden
And his name is Wiggly Woo.

Encourage the children to listen and hear the rhyming words – woo /do, day /away. When the rhyme is repeated, encourage the children to join in with the appropriate actions.

Repeat the rhyme with ‘wiggly’ actions.

Story time: Susie’s surprise
Once upon a garden time… To hold attention and help engage the children you can show pictures, images puppets or toys to represent Susie and the birds, flowers, trees, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly, jar, twigs, lettuce, leaves etc... On second listening, encourage the children to retell the story using the props to help with the story sequence.

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Song video: 'Wiggly Woo'

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