Summer at the Beach – Toddler Storytime

When I was prepping for this storytime, I wasn’t sure if I would have enough books to just make it about the beach.  So I was going to use the Summer idea as a back up — but I really didn’t have to.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*


Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach
 by Alison Lester

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

10 Suns

Waves at the Beach
Waves at the Beach flannelboard cropped logo
Lyrics adapted from Preschool Education.  Templates for pieces taken from various online coloring pages and clip art.  (Sorry for the weird perspective on this photo.  All the flannelboard pieces are about the same size.)

To the tune of: ” Wheels on the Bus”

The waves at the beach go up and down, (bounce baby up and down on knees smoothly)
up and down, up and down,
the waves at the beach go up and down, all day long.

The sun at the beach goes shine, shine, shine… (open and close hands)
The crabs at the beach go pinch, pinch, pinch… (make pinchy motion with hands)
The jellyfish at the beach go wibble wobble wibble….. (wiggle arms like a jellyfish up)
The seals at the beach go arf, arf, arf… (clap hands and bark like a seal)
The seagulls at the beach go skwak, skwak, skwak…
The children at the beach have fun fun fun… (gently lap with hands)

You could continue this for any additional flannelboard pieces you would like to make

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*


Sea, Sand, Me! 
by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass


“At the Beach” from Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

Noni the Pony at the Beach was a really fun read and the audience seemed enchanted by it, judging by the “awww”ing at the end of the story.  Sea, Sand, Me! seemed a little long, so I did the paperclip trick with just one double page spread.

Unlike the week before, I did remember to go through the guidelines for storytime as a reminder, and that seemed to help during the storytime.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  55 people      11 am: 45 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

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