Five Fish

This set of fish has two different rhymes to go with them depending on my mood. I was feeling fancy when I made these fish and used metallic thread for the details of the scales and the fins. I got the pattern for these fish from Gracinhas Artesanato.

Five Fish Swimming in the Water
Inspired by “All the Fish” by Caspar Babypants

One little fish is swimming in the water, swimming in the water, swimming in the water. put palms together, make hands swim
One little fish is swimming in the water.
Bubble wiggle fingers up
Bubble wiggle fingers up higher
Bubble wiggle fingers up higher
Pop! clap hands overhead as you say Pop!

Five Little Fish
Five little fish swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark, as quiet as can be,
And snaps (clap hands) that fish right out of the sea!


So alone swims Mr. Shark as quiet as can be
And he looked and he looked…
“No more fishes for me.”

Colorful Fish

Five Little Whatsit rhymes are always fun to do with toddlers because they can practice their counting skills. This flannel board came about when I preparing a storytime kit for my library system. I found the word at Storytime Stuff. It is easy to add in a multilingual component since this flannel also includes colors. The pattern for these fish came from clip art from Shutterstock.

For a multicultural twist, use this activity to teach colors in Spanish or another language.

There are lots of fish in the ocean today,
Swimming and playing along the way.
Listen to the clues and make a wish!
Guess the color of each little fish!

These fish are the color of a cardboard box,
A bar of chocolate and dirty socks. (BROWN)

Look over there, bright fish are swimming by,
They are the color of strawberries and the apples in a pie. (RED)

These fish are the color of the night,
Be careful if they sneak up on you, they’ll give you a fright! (BLACK)

These fish are the color of snow,
A piece of paper and a baseball you throw. (WHITE)

Fast fish the color of grass,
Hiding from the bigger fish, swim by fast! (GREEN)

Shy fish, the color of the sky,
Swim by quickly, say goodbye! (BLUE)

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell

The beach and the ocean are a favorite storytime topic with my co-workers and myself. There is so much material to pick from that we have split the topic into two themes: ocean animals and the beach.

This is actually the first round of “There Was An Old Lady…” I have made. I’ve never really like the old ladys that I have seen. This version was written by Lucille Colandro. I recently came across an Etsy seller that had an old lady that I liked so I took my cue from her. All of the beach items came from clip art I got from Shutterstock.