We read all about FISH in today’s Toddler Storytime!

Blue (our library fish) swam over to play with us. Even though we took our storytime “under water” we had lots of fun and nobody got wet!!  What follows are the books, songs, rhymes, flannel board stories, movement activities and video we shared.



Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins is full of bright, colorful, diverse, wacky, playful and wonderful fish.  We met a spotted fish, a stripy fish, a happy fish, a gripy fish and many, many more!  Although the book is a bit long it is easily shortened to fit an infant’s attention span.  It is also chock full of amazing illustrations that will keep your baby engaged throughout and introduces counting in subtle ways.

In One Lonely Fish we do a little counting and meet 10 fish.  The 10th fish is SO HUGE that it eats all of the smaller fish that came before it! Not to worry, it’s just a story!  A great book that teaches counting, builds anticipation and touches on size comparisons (going from the smallest to the biggest fish and everything in between.  A great book for infants and toddlers.


Slippery Fish Song

Video clip of song:  Slippery Fish

[When using the flannel pieces we covered up the sea creatures one by one UNTIL we reached the giant WHALE!]

See lyrics below~


Image result for slippery fish song lyrics

There Are So Many Fish!

(color guessing game)

There are so many fish in the sea…what color fish do you see?






Action Songs & Fingerplays We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome, Welcome Everyone
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun

Open Shut Them – Video:  Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.  (clap three times)
Open shut them, open shut them (open and close hands)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap and bounce them 3X)

Creep them, crawl them, creep them crawl them, (crawl fingers up arms)
Right up to your chinny  chin chin. (place fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and say ahhhhhh)
But do not put them in!! (put hands behind your back)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – Video:  Goodbye Friends

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the action songs & rhymes on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“ABC”  from Go Baby Go! Baby Loves Jazz by Baby Loves Jazz Band

Two Little Blackbirds” from  Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“We’re Going to the Market” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

We used our shaker eggs and bells for this song!  “We’re Going to the Market”

Video We Shared

My Pet Fish

Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more books about FISH, check these out at your local Pasadena Public Library!