Storytime: Ocean Animals


“Rub-a-Dub Sub” by Linda Ashman
“The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen
“I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” by Kevin Sherry

Five Little Fishies

Five little fishies swimming in the sea
(swimming motion)
Teasing Mr. Shark, “No you can’t catch me, no you can’t catch me”
(wave finger side to side)
Along comes Mr. Shark as quiet as can be…
(whisper, move hands together slowly)
And snaps that fishie right out of the sea
(clap hands)

(count down)

I had one child beg me to not let the last fish be eaten so we ended it with “but the fishie was too fast for Mr. Shark and got away.”

Baby Shark

Baby shark doot-doo, doot-doo-doo (tap thumb and pointer finger together)
Baby shark doot-doo, doot-doo-doo
Baby shark doot-doo, doot-doo-doo
Baby shark

(repeat with…)
Mommy shark… (open and close hand)
Daddy shark… (open and close hands widely)
Grandpa shark.. (open and close hands with closed fist)
Going swimming… (pretend to swim)
See a shark… (make looking motion)
Swimming fast… (pretend to swim quickly)
Safe at last… (wipe forehead)
Bye-bye shark… (wave goodbye)

The Waves in the Ocean

The waves in the ocean go up and down, up and down, up and down (raise and lower arms)
The waves in the ocean go up and down all day long

(repeat with…)
The crabs in the ocean go pinch, pinch, pinch (open and close hands)
The sharks in the ocean go snap, snap, snap (open and close hand widely)
The fish in the ocean go swim, swim, swim (make swiming motion)

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry Flannel Board

I love this book and thought it would translate well into a felt board and it definitely did! I wish I had enough time to actually make it out of felt but all I did was print off clip art images, laminate them and then put velcro on the back. Kids loved it!


For this craft all I did was cut out cardstock ocean animals. Kids then put glue all over their animal and put down tissue paper. For the final touch we added some eyes!

How it Went: Sometimes I pick a theme with a specific child in mind. Today’s theme was for a 4 year old boy! He was thrilled with all of the stories and was able to name must of the ocean animals. The biggest hit song wise was baby shark. This is a song I loved as a child and wanted to share it with my storytime kids, they loved it!

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