Lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company, Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company, Universal Music Publishing Group

Hello everyone and welcome to my Storytime blog!

The theme for this week is “Under the Sea”, which is a wonderful topic for children as there is a wealth of information relating to the topic that children find fascinating.
So many different books and films relate to under the sea as well as songs and rhymes about fish and the ocean, and for those with a more scientific approach – even the non-fiction stuff is exciting and interesting to children of all ages.

Picture books

Hooray for fish! by Lucy Cousins is a wonderful romp through an ocean as little fish travels along meeting lots of different friends on a rhyming, counting, twirling, happy, colourful journey.
The bright colours and musical flow of the text make this book a joy to read with young children.

I’m the biggest thing in the ocean by Kevin Sherry. This book had me giggling at the audacity and ego of the giant squid who may or may not discover that he actually isn’t the biggest thing in the ocean after all…

There was an old sailor by Claire Saxby with illustrations by Cassandra Allen is a beautiful rewrite of the original “There was an old lady” rhyme. Probably my favourite thing about this book is the wonderful illustrations and expressions on the sailor’s face – but I do love a good repeating rhyme as well! Claire Saxby is an Australian author of many books and poems for children and There was an old sailor has also been included in the Better Beginnings program packs.


Once I caught a fish alive

One, two, three, four, five,
(clap hands five times)
Once I caught a fish alive,
(pretend to hold fish up)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
(clap five times again)
Then I let it go again.
(show empty hands)
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so!
(show hand)
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.
(hold up little finger)

Here is the sea

Here is the sea, the wavy sea,
(Make small waves with hands)
Here is boat, and here is me.
(Cup on hand for the boat, and stick a finger from the other hand up from below)
All the little fishes, way down below,
(Put hands down low, and point to the floor)
Wriggle their tails, and away they go!
(Wriggle hands and hide them behind your back)

Under the Sea craft – Jellyfish

Jellyfish craft
A fun and colourful jellyfish to hang on your wall.

What you need

  • Paper plate
  • Goggle eyes
  • Crepe paper or cellophane
  • Scissors, Glue, sticky-tape
  • Crayons/Markers

What to do

  • Cut paper plate in half
  • Cut streamers of crepe paper or cellophane
  • Colour your jellyfish
  • Glue on the eyes
  • Glue / stick crepe paper or cellophane streamers to the back so they hang down like tentacles.

So that’s all from me folks – I hope you have enjoyed this Storytime blog. If you would like to come along to listen to some of these stories and make some Under the Sea craft – the Under the Sea Storytimes will be the week starting the 7th of November at Success Library – hope to see you there!