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Shark Week (Ooo-Ha-Ha) Storytime

It's Shark Week! 

So, of course we had to do a shark week themed storytime!

(Sidenote: Apparently one of the reasons I was hired was because I was strange enough to purpose a shark week storytime in my interview process.)

Opening Song - We Clap and Say Hello 
(tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

We clap and say hello
We clap and say hello
With our friends in Storytime, we clap and say hello

(Repeat with stomp and wave)

I originally got this from the lovely ladies at as "Clap and Sing Hello."

Book:          "The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark" by Ken Geist


Flannel: 5 Little Fish Swimming in the Sea
(I found all my songs/flannel rhymes on

5 little fish swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark, you can't catch me
Along comes Mr. Shark as quite as can be, and SNAP!
4 little fish swimming in the sea

(Repeat until there are no little fish swimming in the sea)

Song: Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

I like to use egg shakers during this song. At the end we shake them as loud and as long as we can right be fore we put them up.

Book: "Shark in the Dark" by Peter Bently

Song: Jump and Count by Jim Gill

The kids LOVE this song. They get so excited when they get to count all the way to ten. Pregnant storytime tip: tell the kids that you want to see how good of jumpers they are. That way you don't have to go all out when jumping. Third trimester is the take it easy trimester for storytime.

Flannel: Five Sharks in the Bathtub

One shark in the bathtub going for a swim.

Knock, knock (clap hands twice)
Splash, splash (slap your knees twice)
Come on in! (wave to enter with both hands)
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
It all fell in! (knock everything off of the board!)

                                   (Repeat with two sharks, three sharks, four sharks…)
Book: "5 Little Sharks Swimming in the Sea." by Steve Metzger

Closing Song - We Clap and Say Goodbye

Just like the opening song, only we are saying Goodbye instead of Hello!


Very simple paper plate sharks, the kids got to paint this week, which I believe is always something fun to do and is probably not done at home a lot because of the mess.

Activities: We ALWAYS bring out various toys for open play time. In addition to open play time this week, I also made a "walk the plank" activity, using our foam balance beam, a blue plastic tablecloth and a couple of cardboard shark fins. 


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