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Pre-school Storytelling Program: Wriggly Things

1: Story 2: Song 3: Rhyme 4: Activity

Story: The Very Hungry Spider

One day when I was  little,  I sat under a gum tree in the garden. A ladybird came to play with me. We played for a little while and then along came another garden creature. A caterpillar came to play with me and the ladybird.

We played for a little while and then along came another garden creature. A butterfly came to play with me and the ladybird and the caterpillar.

We played for a little while and then along came another garden creature. A snail came to play with me and the ladybird and the caterpillar and the butterfly.

We played for a little while and then along came another garden creature. A dragonfly came to play with me and the ladybird, the caterpillar, the butterfly and the snail.

We played for a little while and then along came another garden creature. It was a big black hungry spider!

The spider went very close to the dragonfly. The dragonfly was frightened and flew away.

The spider was still hungry and went very close to the snail. The snail was frightened and crawled away as fast as it could.

The spider was still hungry and went very close to the butterfly. The butterfly was frightened and flew away.

The spider was still hungry and went very close to the caterpillar. The caterpillar was frightened and crawled away as fast as it could.

The spider was still hungry and went very close to the ladybird. The ladybird flew away home.

The spider was still hungry so it made a web between the two branches in the gum tree. The spider waited for a fly to get caught in its web but I went inside to tell my mummy about all the wriggly creatures I had seen in the garden.

This is an original story by JB Rowley free for use by others in any way other than commercial publication. I tell the story as an ‘apron story’ using cardboard cutouts of the various creatures which I attach to the apron with velcro as I tell the story.


Song: Buzzy Bee


Rhyme: Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

Activity: Colour in a snail.

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