Beach – Preschool Storytime

This week I was presenting infant, toddler, and preschool storytimes.  I decided to use the same theme – the beach – for each one.  I tried to keep things fresh with the preschool storytime by choosing some different books.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill


Penguin on Vacation
 by Salina Yoon

Sand Castle
Sand castle on the beach,
I built you big and strong (raise arms high)
A wave washed in upon the sand.
Whoosh! You were gone (swing hands down, then up)
(taken from PreK Fun)

Fish with the Deep Sea Smile
Fish with the Deep Sea Smile Flannelboard logo cropped
(poem by Margaret Wise Brown, patterns and poem taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.)

MOVEMENT: “This is the Way We Play at the Beach”
(to tune of: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

This is the way we play at the beach
Play at the beach, play at the beach
This is the way we play at the beach
On a hot sunny day.

Other verses:
This is the way we dig in the sand…
This is the way we play in the surf…
This is the way we lie in the sun…
Any other activity that your audience comes up with!
(taken from PreK Fun)


Beach Day! by Patricia Lakin, pictures by Scott Nash

MOVEMENT: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” from Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3


“Getting Crabby at the Beach” from Max and Ruby: Perfect Pumpkin

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*


Book: Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester
Book: Sea, Sand, Me by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Flannelboard: The Waves at the Beach

I was worried that since I was planning this a little last minute I wouldn’t find enough good beach books for preschoolers.  But everything turned out fine.  Yay!

ATTENDANCE: 28 (adults and children)

*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page

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