Siblings: Ocean

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun (Board Book)*
Fish, Swish, Splash, Dash by Suse MacDonald
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins*

Early Literacy Tip
Helping children hear the smaller sounds in words, the syllables, by clapping them out is one way to develop their speech.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Dream and You Will See*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Tick Tock”*
Lift: “Tick Tock”
Start by swaying baby from side to side
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock lift once
More verses: Two o’clock, three o’clock
Credit: My co-worker

Partnering: “Round & Round the Garden”*
Round and round the garden like a teddy bear (swirl finger around palm)
One step, two step (walk fingers up child’s arm)
Tickle under there! (tickle child’s underarm)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

The partnering rhyme in this class was possibly the most adorable thing I’ve seen. I had caregivers lay their babies down on the floor so that the toddlers could trace their baby’s belly button and give them tickles. It was a great experience watching the babies giggle and the toddlers giggle in response. As always, “Tick Tock” is a favorite. And both books were equally successful this week. Today also marked the HIGHEST attendance yet! Victory!

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