Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.
Listen to the whole fingerplay on H.U.M. – All Year Long or hear it here:
If you can't get to the ocean, here's a chance to explore it, talk about it, and create one at home or in the classroom. With one child, you can use pictures, drawings, or stencils to create the sea creatures you would like to put in your ocean. With a small group, you might take a piece of blue paper, and have the children use stickers or pictures to fill up the ocean as the creatures are sung – better yet, turn off the cd and sing it yourself with suggestions from the children. With a large group, I use a feltboard and felt sea creatures – see the resource below – each child having 2 different fish/animals to bring up and place on the feltboard as they are called. Sway in the waves during the verses.
Be sure to identify all the sea creatures before you begin, and you can encourage the children to help each other name them if someone forgets. I leave sharks for last, as they tend to get combative if they're on the board too early!
Should you have access to large sea shells, have the children listen to them - can they "hear the sea"?
Sea shell, sea shell, sing a song for
repeat with other creatures:
Age Range: 3 – 7 years old
Purpose: listening skills, vocabulary, rhythm, taking turns, sequence
For felt sea creatures: I order the Sealife Asst. Pack, catalog #30300, containing 9 sea creatures. You can also order specific fish in packs of 12. Celebrations of America (479) 967-1212
OR cut felt shapes from bright colored felt squares using the patterns below!