SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

At the Beach Storytime

on May 8, 2012

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

This week is Water Week. Since we live in a desert, that means we think about the water we use. Do you know a place with lots of water? Today we’re going to do stories and activities about the beach!  But first we have to get there.

Book: How Will We Get to the Beach? – Brigitte Luciani

(a nice progressive story in which each mode of transportation would mean leaving one item behind, until the solution comes along!)

Flannel board : Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave from the book by Quentin Blake

Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave – Quentin Blake

(adapted for flannelboard use)

Mrs. Armitage and her dog Breakspear went to the beach one day.

“What we have to do, Breakspear,” Said Mrs. Armitage, “is to swim out to sea and wait for the Big Wave.”

But while they were waiting Mrs. Armitage could see that Breakspear’s little legs were getting tired.

“What we need here,” said Mrs. Armitage, “is something to keep a faithful dog afloat.” So she got an inflatable desert island and they went on waiting for the Big Wave.

But it was a hot, hot day and soon Mrs. Armitage was sweating and Breakspears tongue was hanging out.

“What we need here,” said Mrs. Armitage, “Is something to protect us from the suns powerful rays.”

So she got a cap with a yellow plastic brim for herselfand an umbrella with pink spots for Breakspear; and they went on waiting for the Big Wave.

 Now they were nice and cool, but they began to feel rather hungry.

“What we need here,” said Mrs. Armitage, “Is a selection of light snacks to keep us going.”

So she got a plastic duck and tied an empty box to it and filled it with tasty items. Mrs. Armitage ate an avocado burger and Breakspear had some crunchy dog biscuits and they went on waiting for the Big Wave.

 In the distance they saw a windsurfer pass by.

“What we need here,” said Mrs. Armitage, “Is something we can hail fellow sportsmen with.”

So she got a red megaphone and a horn as well because it’s always a good thing to have a horn.

Then she gave a few shouts and hoots and they went on waiting for the big wave.

 Mrs. Armitage saw a bunch of fish swimming under the water. They’d gathered around to see what the fuss was about. Mrs. Armitage was a little worried she might attract some sharks too.

“What we need here,” she said, “Is something to ward off any pests.”

So she got a sturdy boat hook. “Now we can give a prod to any shark that wants to bother us.” And they went on waiting for the Big Wave.

 And then the Big Wave came! At the same moment they noticed a little girl named Miranda who had swum out too far and was in trouble.

“Pah-hee-huh-hurge” went Mrs. Armitage on the horn. She hooked Miranda with the boat hook and off they went!

 They did a California slither, a Bali swerve, a Wakiki flip…and landed at the beach right in front of Miranda’s parents and they all went to the café to celebrate.

(A fun story that adapted for flannel board very well, do to it’s ‘add things on’ format. I used a smaller whiteboard so that when the wave came I could manipulate it for the ‘surfing’.)

Book: Pig Kahuna – Jennifer Sattler

(Fergus isn’t as excited about the water as Mrs. Armitage, lets see what he does with a surfboard! Very cute, simple story.)

Song: Dancing in the Sand from the CD The Sea, Beach, and Summer Stuff by Geof Johnson

(Fun song, where you isolate certain parts of the body for dancing: head, arms, hips, feet…and then you put them all together!)

Book: I Spy Under the Sea – Edward Gibbs


(Not as great as the other Gibbs I spy book, but still good, and very appropriate for the theme.)

Activity: Five Little Fishes (variation of Five Little Monkeys)


Five little fishes swimming in the sea

Teasing Mr. Shark, you cant catch me! You can’t catch me!

Along comes Mr. Shark swimming very slowly….Chomp!

gobble gobble gobble

(Count down remaining fish. When all the fish were gone, I asked if the shark was going to eat them! The kids all shouted NO! That’s right, sharks don’t like to eat people. Then we said bye to the shark and he swam away.)

(After the story time the shark chomped on willing children’s fingers.)

Book: Beach Day – Karen Roosa

(The alligators get distracted on the way to the beach, and when they get there the sun’s gone down and everyone has left. But they still have a good time! Great ending to the storytime.)

Activity: Bubbles (with the music I Love the Beach from the CD The Sea, Beach, and Summer Stuff by Geof Johnson)

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