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Toddler Storytime: Fish!

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The best thing I got at ALA turned out to be this Heroes of Olympus fan someone shoved in my hand in the exhibit hall. THANK YOU random person! It is helping me cool down from seeing 120 people in a 2 hour chunk. It does this twice a week. Thank you, fan. Here’s the fan because I know you are all dying to see it:


My accidental theme this week was fish. I wanted to share Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins because it works perfectly with the parent message I wanted to emphasize. Don’t skip hard words and don’t be afraid to use made up ones. Every word we utter to children adds to their vocabulary and the bigger vocabulary they have, the better readers they’ll be! We sang part of Jane Cabrera’s new book Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as well since it uses so many great synonyms for twinkle. Here I added that you don’t have to read a book in it’s entirety. We didn’t have time to sing the whole book so we just sang the first 2 verses.

Today’s outline: (most songs and rhymes can be found on the Rhymes page)

Hello Bubbles

What Animals Say in the Morning : today we did duck, pig, frog and fish

Book: Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

The Fish in the Sea go swim swim swim: Tune of wheels on the bus and I asked parents to help come up with other things in the sea. We did fish, shark/chomp, octopus/jiggle, whale/splash in one and dolphin/leap instead of whale in the other.

Flannel Board: Four Little Fishies Swimming in the Sea...teasing Mr. Shark, you can’t catch me! : we did 4 instead of 5 to make the chant a little shorter and each family had their own flannel board. We are so lucky to have those and the kids loved playing with their own set of fish as we said the rhyme together.

Shakers! I like to start shaker time with: shake your shakers high! shake your shakers low! shake them round and round and now shake them slow. Shake them really fast!!! And STOP! Shake fast!! and STOP! This gives them some practice and set-up to the next shaker activities.

We’re Tapping by Kathy Reid-Naiman -stop and go song

Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

In the first session we were out of time and they were antsy so we went right to Goodbye Bubbles. The second session wanted some more so we sang those first two verse of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Cabrera. I wished I’d done it in the first session, too because it calmed them down so I could explain the activity to the parents more easily. Live and learn!

Playdough! Playdough stampers and pumpkin spice smelling, orange playdough. ‘Nuf said.

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Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

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