Storytime Spotlight: Ocean (Baby Time)

After an embarrassingly long hiatus, here’s the storytime plan I used with my last Flannel Friday ocean post… in July… yikes! This was such a fun day and one of my first times using the parachute with babies. They loved it!

*Sing: Good Morning to You

Welcome & Set Expectations

*Rhyme: This is Big, Big. Big x2

Lit Tip: Building Baby’s Brain with Gestures

Grown-ups, when you talk to your baby with your body, you help them learn new words! Using meaningful gestures helps babies understand the meaning of new words and concepts. When you use gestures and respond to your baby’s gestures, you help them get ready to read!

*Sing: This is The Way We Clap Our Hands

Read: Peekaboo! In the Ocean

The fan favorite this morning! My babies love this whole series.

Rhyme: Blue is the Ocean x2

For this rhyme I adapted some of the words and movements from “Blue is the Lake.”

Flannel: A Big Blue Sea


Bounce: Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Old Town School of Folk Music

Read: Boats Go by Steve Light

So many fun noises! Some of the babies started imitating the sounds, love when that happens!

Sing: The Waves in the Sea (parachute)

The waves in the sea go up and down,

Up and down, up and down.

The waves in the sea go up and down

All day long!

(repeat with fish in the sea swim all around and gently shake chute)

Learning Through Play

*Please visit this page to learn more about my regular storytime songs and routines.

Have you waded into deep waters with your baby storytime crowd? What do you love with this theme?

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