Fish Story Time (2015)

Welcome Song: Hi, Hello and How Are You (to the tune of London Bridges)
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you? How are you?
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you today?

Song: Open Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your mouth …
But do not let them in!

Song: Clap Clap Clap Your Hands (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap them now with me.

Tap, tap, tap your knees // Shake, shake, shake your feet

Book: Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes; illustrated by Jeanette Canyon

over in the ocean.jpg

This book has amazing illustrations but it is looooooooong. I believe there were ten verses and since it’s not a classic song melody, no one can really sing along with you so I was left singing on my own the whole time. You’ll notice I did not use it again for 2016’s fish story time …

Action Rhyme: One, Two, Three, Four, Five
One, two, three, four, five (count off on fingers)
Once I caught a fish alive (put hands together and wiggle like a fish)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten (count off on fingers)
Then I threw it back again. (make throwing motion)
Why did I let it go? (hold out hands asking why)
Because it bit my finger so! (shake hand, as if hurt)
Which finger did it bite? (hold out hands asking why)
This little finger on the right. (wiggle pinkie finger)
Source: Perry Public Library Storytime

Flannel/Song: Bubble Bubble Pop
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Swimming in the ocean, swimming in the ocean
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, POP
(Two little orange fish // Three little blue fish // All of the fishies)
Source: Jbrary

Book: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; illustrated by Dan Hanna

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Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Flannel: Five Little Fish
One little fishy swimming in the ocean blue,
Here comes another one, then there were two.
Two little fishies swimming in the sea,
Here comes another one, then there were three.
Three little fishies swimming near the shore,
Here comes another one, then there were four.
Four little fishies swim around and dive,
Here comes another one and now there are five.
Here comes a shark looking for some fun,
Look out fishies! And away they run.

Book: Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway


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*)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins


One of my favorites to read aloud!

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
Clap Your Hands //
Stomp Your Feet //
Shout hooray //
Do all three

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