Marine Animals Storytime

This is one of those broader themes that allows me to choose books and activities with a variety of animals. Sharks, fish, squid, and octipi, oh my!!

Books

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike by Cynthia Rylant

Together by Emma Dodd

One Lonely Fish by Andy Mansfield

Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

Activities

“I’m a Little Octopus”

Ask the toddlers to pretend they are an octopus. Ask them how many arms an octopus has. After some of the older ones yell “8!!” ask to yourself, “hmmm.. I wonder what all those arms do? Oh, I know!” and sing…

“I’m a Little Octopus” 
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish (swing arms back and forth)
Arm #2 helps me catch fish (wiggle hand back and forth)
Arm #3 pats my head (pat hand on head)
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed (put hand to mouth)
Arm #5 swims me to shore (move arms in swimming motion)
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor (touch hand to floor)
Arm #7 can grab and tug (open and close hands)
But all eight arms give me a hug! (cross arms and hug yourself)

“The Waves in the Sea”

A take on a classic, with infinite possible additions!

”The Waves in the Sea” 
(Tune: “Wheels on the Bus”)
The waves on the sea go up and down, [Raise and lower arms.]
Up and down, up and down,
The waves on the sea go up and down
All day long.

The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap… [Clap your hands.]
The fish in the sea go swish swish swish… [Swish back and forth.]
The boats in the sea go toot toot toot… [Make blowing horn motion.

“Five Little Fish”

For my “Five Little….” rhymes that I do with the toddlers, I really prefer them to count up to five, rather than down. Here is one that counts up to five little fish. I used a very basic set of five fish flannels for this one.

“Five Little Fish” 
One little fish swam around all day.
He was feeling really blue,
Another fish came to play,
And then there were two!

Two little fish swam around all day.
Swishing in the deep blue sea
Another fish came to play
And then there were three!

Three little fish swam around all day.
All the way down on the ocean floor
Another fish came to play,
And then there were four!

Four little fish swam around all day
Going for an ocean dive,
Another fish came to play,
And then there were five!

Conclusion

This wasn’t my favorite storytime ever, but it was fine. The kids really liked One Lonely Fish and we had fun pretending to be octopi for “I’m a Little Octopus.” A solid storytime theme, even if it’s a little lacking in creativity.

 

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