Beach Fun

Toddler Storytime

Rhyme: Here’s My Box
Here’s my box,
Here’s my lid.
I wonder what inside is hid?
Should we open it up?
It’s a (seashell)!
Source: Unknown

Book: Snappy Little Splashers by Beth Harwood

snappy splashers

Magnetic Board Rhyme: Blue Whale, Blue Whale
Blue whale, blue whale,
What do you see?
I see a red crab looking at me?
Red crab, red crab …
Purple octopus, purple octopus …
Green sea turtle, green sea turtle …
Orange seahorse, orange seahorse …
Green fish, green fish …
Pink jellyfish, pink jellyfish …
Yellow starfish, yellow starfish …
I see storytime friends looking at me.
Source: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Photo of beach display for storytime at LibraryLena.

Book: Fun Dog, Sun Dog by Deborah Heiligman

fun dog

Magnetic Board Rhyme: Five Little Sandcastles
Five little sandcastles sitting on the shore.
A wave came in-whoosh! (children use scarves for wave motion)
And then there were four.
Four little sandcastles sitting by the sea.
A wave came in-whoosh!
And then there were three.
Three little sandcastles sitting by the ocean blue.
A wave came in-whoosh!
And then there were two.
Two little sandcastles sitting in the sun.
A wave came in-whoosh!
And then there was one.
One little sandcastle sitting just out of reach.
A wave came in-whoosh!
but it stayed there on the beach!
Source: Storytime Secrets

Photo of five sandcastles for storytime at LibraryLena.

Song: “Waves On the Sea” (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The waves on the sea (children use scarves for motions)
Go up and down,
Up and down,
Up and down.
The waves on the sea
Go up and down,
All Day Long….

The sharks in the sea
Go chomp, chomp, chomp.

The fish in the sea
Go swish, swish, swish.

The whales in the sea
Go spray, spray, spray.

The jellyfish in the sea
Go float, float, float.

The crabs on the beach
snap, snap, snap.

Source: King County Library System

Book: Corduroy Goes to the Beach by B. G. Hennessy

corduroy beach

Preschool Storytime

Book: To the Beach! by Linda Ashman

to beach

Rhyme: Here’s My Box

Book Activity: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! by Lucille Colandro

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell

Magnetic Board Rhyme: Five Little Sandcastles

Song: “Waves On the Sea” (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

Book: Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler

sylvie

Flannel Board Rhyme: Five Little Jellyfish
Five little jellyfish swimming by the shore,
the yellow one got lost and that left four.
Four little jellyfish swimming in the sea,
the blue one swam away and that left three.
Three little jellyfish in the ocean bule,
the purple one took a seahorse ride and that left two.
Two little jellyfish swimming in the sun,
the oragne one took a dive and that left one.
One little jellyfish swimming all alone,
it was time for him to go home and that left none!
Source: Read, Sarah, Read!

Photo of five jelly fish for storytime at LibraryLena.

Book: Snappy Little Splashers by Beth Harwood

Magnetic Board Rhyme: Blue Whale, Blue Whale

Craft: Sea Scene

Photo of sea scene craft for storytime for LibraryLena.

Source: Read it again, mom!

 Summary:  I absolutely adore Sylvie.  It’s one of those books you immediately know is perfect for storytime.  For some reason, I enjoy books and rhymes where the character turns colors after eating a food or object.  The toddlers were really into Fun Dog, Sun Dog.  They sat absolutely still during the reading.  I like to make the There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! book interactive by having the children feed pictures of the items mentioned in the story to our “old lady head.”  As for the craft, the blue plates came from Party City.

Photo of old lady for storytime at LibraryLena.

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