story time

Sharks & Sea Creatures Story Time (2018)

I had 47 people today. A little bit higher than normal but not crazily so. However, they were LOUD and spirited and rowdy! One of the moms told me she had to walk away because it was so nuts her ADD was acting up. 🙂 But I just kept pushing onward and yelling the books over the crowd noise.

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: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

i'm the biggest thing in the ocean

A bragging giant squid says he’s the biggest thing in the ocean. But is he?

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

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: Tick Tock Goes the Clock
Tick tock, tick tock goes the clock, (swish sticks back and forth)
Waiting for someone to knock, (tap sticks together)
My oh my,
It’s a cat! (hold sticks to face like whiskers)

Bunny (hold sticks to head like ears) // Duck (hold sticks at mouth like a duck bill) //
Walrus (hold sticks at mouth like tusks) // Alien (hold sticks to head like antennae)
Source: Jbrary

Book: Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck; illustrated by Valeria Petrone

way down deep in the deep blue sea.jpg

A little boy encounters sea creatures on a “deep sea” dive (he’s really in the bath tub!). The kids liked pointing out the sea creatures on each page.

Flannel: Five Little Fishies
Five little fishies swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark as quiet as can be …
And SNAP!

Four // Three // Two

One little fishie swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark as quiet as can be …
And SNAP!
Now Mr. Shark says, “I’m full!”

This was a combination of words from Perpetual Preschool and movements from this video. I watched this video multiple times but of course once I got in front of a group, I completely forgot the tune. So I ended up just speaking it in a singsong voice and that worked just fine. Every time the shark snapped I grabbed a fish off the board. One of the kids knocked the board over after fish #3 so we had a few distractions but I pressed on.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

shark in the park

A little boy uses his new telescope to spy sharks in the park. But what is he really seeing? Another successful reading. I love this book!

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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