Infant Storytime: Ocean!

Today’s Infant Storytime was all about the ocean. We made an ocean scene with jellyfish, kelp, starfish, swimming fishes and a crab:

ocean flannel

We read a sweet book by Scott Magoon titled Breathe. The pictures of the little beluga whale swimming through the ocean and all around his arctic environment are so lovely–I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one!

Breathe

Then we sang “My Bonnie lies over the ocean” and lifted our babies to every “B” word in the song:

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
So bring back my Bonnie to me.
Bring back, bring back,
Oh bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back,
Oh bring back my Bonnie to me.

We sang a song to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot” about a little fishie:

I’m a little fishie, watch me swim
Here is my tail and here is my fin
When I want to have fun with my friends
I wiggle my tail and dive right in!

We counted down from five to one with a story about Five little fishies who tease a shark (much like the five little monkeys who tease Mr. Crocodile).

five little fishies

Then we read the book Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale. It’s a good introduction for little ones to all kinds of ocean life.

Fabulous Fishes

We sang a song to the tune of “Old MacDonald,” called “Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab”:

Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab pinch and snap all day
They pinch at fish and they pinch at shrimps
Pinch and snap all day
With a pinch pinch here, and a snap snap there,
Here a pinch, there a snap, everywhere a pinch, snap
Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab pinch and snap all day

We told a story using the flannelboard about a slippery fish who gets eaten by another fish who gets eaten by another, and so on… illustrating the ocean food chain:

slippery fish

And we finished with some songs from our song cube. Can’t wait to see everyone for more stories and songs next week!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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