Storytime: Fish


“The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen
“Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister (shortened version)
“Smiley Shark” by Ruth Galloway

Five Little Fishies Swimming in the Sea

Five little fishies, swimming in the sea
(put hands together and move like fish)
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me! No, you can’t catch me!”
(shake finger side to side)
Along comes Mr. Shark, as quiet as can be
(put hands together and slowly move them)
And snatches that fishy right out of the sea!
(clap hands together)

(Repeat until all fish are gone)

Did You Ever See a Fishy (Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie)

Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy
Did you ever see a fishy, swim this way (lean forward) and that (lean backwards)?
Swim this way (lean to the right) and that way (lean to the left), and that way (lean forward) and this way (lean backwards).
Did you ever see a fishy, swim this way (lean right) and that (lean left).

Gone Fishin’

A fellow librarian was kind enough to let me borrow these amazing fishing poles and fish she made. Essentially the poles are made from paper towel rolls, twine and paper clips; the fish are cut outs with a magnet on the back. The kids and parents loved fishing, it took some of the children a couple of tries to get the hang of it but once they did they really enjoyed it. The only thing I would change is that I would make the magnets bigger, if the paper clip did not land perfectly it was very difficulty to get a fish.


I went with a Rainbow Fish craft for this week’s theme, I was able to find a Rainbow fish outline and punched a lot of circles for scales. I also cut out one shiny scale for each child.

If you have any “Fish” books, songs, activities or crafts you really like please share them!

How it Went: I know a fish story time in February is a little odd but at my public library we are holding Summer activities all month long and what better way to celebrate summer than with fish! Children (and adults) had a lot of fun with the fishing game. It was great to see them have fun and work on their motor skills.

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