We Opened: Open Them, Shut Them
Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
Fish Had a Wish by Michael Garland
We Hung Out with a Puppet:I bought a fish puppet that talked to the kids about life as a fish. The fish could really say anything he wanted, those little ones just LOVE to see the puppets I bring each week. The fact that today's fish was a clown fish didn't hurt as everyone wanted to take turns hugging "Nemo".
We Played and Sang:Fingerplay: "Five Little Fishes" (Storytime Katie)
Five little fish swimming by the shore
One got caught and then were four
Four little fish swimming in the sea
One got caught and then there were three
Three little fish swimming in the blue
One got caught and then were two
Two little fish swimming in the sun
One got caught and then there was one
One little fish swimming straight for home
Decided he would never again roam.
(Each time a fishy got caught we clapped our hands, the kids would hold their hands "mid-clap" in anticipation.)
Song: Did you ever see a fishy (Childhood)
(tune "Did you ever see a lassie")
Did you ever see a fish, a fishy, a fishy
Did you every see a fish swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way, and that way and this way?
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?
(This was a nice "calm" song and the puppet swam back and forth while we sang it. By the second round the kids were slowly rocking back and forth which made it perfect at the end.)
Action Rhyme: Gertie the Goldfish (Everything Preschool)
Gertie the Goldfish goes
smack, smack, smack (make kissing sounds)
She looks at me and goes
smack, smack, smack
She doesn't laugh, doens't sing
doesn't do anything
Just blows big kisses like
smack, smack, smack
(This was a great rhyme to do after Pout Pout Fish)
Action Song: I'm a Little Fishy (made up by me)
(Tune: "I'm a Little Tea Pot")
I'm a little fishy shiney and green
Swimming in the ocean's my favorite thing
When it's time for swimming I wiggle my fins
What a big ocean I live in!
(A fun song for the end)
We Closed: If You're Happy and You Know It