Five Little Sailboats

The flannel board cabinet at work can be a treasure trove of flannels from years gone by. “Five Little Sailboats” is one we use at least once a year. We’ve had it so long no one know where it came from. All we have written down is the name Denise Fromm. The pieces we had were getting rather shabby so I made some new boats to go with the rhyme. Chenille stems work well as mast and to give the boat structure so it doesn’t flop around when putting it up on the flannel board. Having flags in different colors gives it a bit of visual interest. You could also the the boats in a game of which one got taken away.

Five little sailboats went out on the sea.
The first one said, “It looks like rain to me!”
The second one said, “I can feel the waves are fast.”
The third on said, “The wind’s shaking my mast.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s head back into the bay.”
The fifth one said, “Follow me!” as he swayed.
So the five little sailboats quick as can be,
Sailed back to the shore and to safety.

Five Pretty Sandcastles

Ocean and beach related storytimes are some of my favorite since there is such a rich variety of materiel to select from. I got the verse for “Five Pretty Sandcastles” from Katie at Storytime Katie. I did alter the words slightly from “the tide came in” to “the wave came crashing” since I though it would be a bit more accurate and understandable for preschoolers. I took my cue for the sandcastles from Stephanie at Imagine Our Life. She had designed a quiet book page about sandcastles. The seashells are all buttons.

Kids can wave their arms for each whoosh to simulate the sandcastles being washed away.

Five pretty sandcastles standing on the shore,
The wave came crashing (whoosh!) and then there were four.

Four pretty sandcastles standing by the sea,
The wave came crashing (whoosh!) and then there were three.

Three pretty sandcastles standing by the ocean blue,
The wave came crashing (whoosh!) and then there were two.

Two pretty sandcastles standing in the sun,
The wave came crashing (whoosh!) and then there was one.

One pretty sandcastle just out of reach,
The wave came crashing (whoosh!) but it stayed on the beach!