story time

Beach Story Time (2018)

I had a big group today but they were a little quiet and not as into participating. Must be the heat. It’s nauseating …

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: To The Beach! by Linda Ashman; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

to the beach.jpg

Rhyming book about a family who tries to go to the beach for the day but it doesn’t quite go as planned.

Song: The Sea (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The waves on the sea go up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The waves on the sea go up and down,
All day long.

Sharks in the sea go snap, snap, snap //
Fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish //
Crabs on the beach go click, click, click //
Boats on the sea go toot, toot, toot
Source: Storytime Katie

Song/Rhythm Sticks: This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks,
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Scrape our sticks // Hammer our sticks // Tap them soft // Tap them loud // Drum the floor
Source: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Flesch Connors

Song/Rhythm Sticks: The Wheels on the Bus
Source: Jbrary 

Song/Rhythm Sticks: Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys

Ugh. I stopped the song early. The kids were sitting there staring at me. Not a great success …

Book: Beach House by Deanna Caswell; illustrated by Amy June Bates

beach house

Sweet, rhyming story of a family who goes to the beach for vacation.

Flannel: Five Little Seashells
Five little seashells lying on the shore,
Swish! went the waves and then there were four.
Four little seashells pretty as can be,
Swish! went the waves and then there were three.
Three little seashells all pearly and new,
Swish! went the waves and then there were two.
Two little seashells lying in the sun,
Swish! went the waves and then there was one.
One little seashell lying all alone,
I picked it up and took it home!
Source: Anne’s Library Life

(Check out my link about how I created this seashell flannel.)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

The kids gave a resounding no when I asked them if they wanted to do Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Okay then. Moving right along …

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Beach Day by Karen Roosa; illustrated by Maggie Smith

beach-day

Another rhyming book about the beach and all of the activities people do there.

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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