With our infant todder storytimes we spent a summer day at the beach!

Books We Shared

During infant storytime, we started with Beep, Beep, Let’s Go! by Eleanor Taylor.  Many animals are in their cars headed somewhere in a hurry — but where?  Next we read two short board books.  The first one Sun by Carol Thompson was a celebration of the out warmth giving brightest star.  With the second board book Wiggle! like an Octopus we actually pretended we were ocean animals as we read, moving like a wide variety of creatures.

For toddler storytime we followed Noni the Pony to the beach with the second book in Alison Lester’s series about the friendly foal.  We also watched a young girl make a new friend at the beach in Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst.


Flannelboard Story

We sang along to our flannelboard story to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”

Waves at the Beach
Waves at the Beach flannelboard cropped

The waves at the beach go up and down, (bounce baby up and down on knees smoothly)
up and down, up and down,
the waves at the beach go up and down, all day long.

The sun at the beach goes shine, shine, shine… (open and close hands)
The crabs at the beach go pinch, pinch, pinch… (make pinchy motion with hands)
The jellyfish at the beach go wibble wobble wibble….. (wiggle arms like a jellyfish up)
The seals at the beach go arf, arf, arf… (clap hands and bark like a seal)
The seagulls at the beach go skwak, skwak, skwak…
The children at the beach have fun fun fun… (gently lap with hands)

Start by singing the traditional rhyme:

Where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Where, oh where can he be?
With his ears so short,
and his tail so long.
Where, oh where can he be?

While singing, we hid the dog behind one of the shapes out of sight of the children.  Then we all had to figure out where dog was by naming and lifting each shape!

Nursery Rhyme we Shared in Infant Storytime

For our Nursery Rhyme flannelboard we met a very generous sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Baa baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir.  Three bags full.
One for the master, and one for the dame.
One for the little boy that lives down the lane.
Baa baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir.  Three bags full.


Film We Watched in Toddler Storytime

“At the Beach” from Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party

You need to take a lot of things to the beach when you go – towels, buckets, shovels, hats, umbrellas…  Let’s hope Peppa and her family don’t leave behind anything important!

 Continue the Fun

Want to take a trip to the beach, but it’s just too hot outside?  Come to your air-conditioned, local Pasadena Public Library branch and pick up one of these titles!
Click the cover of each book to find it in the library catalog.



Pasadena Public Library – Children’s Room – 7/28/2015