Toot, toot! Chug, chug! Ahoy! This week’s story time focused on boats.
“Once Upon a Tide” by Tony Mitton
“Who Sank the Boat?” by Pamela Allen
“Boats, Boats, Boats” by Joanna Ruane
I used five plastic boats to present this rhyme to the kids. Each boat was a different color. I showed the kids each boat and asked them what color it was. We then did the rhyme together, imitating the actions of the boats.
The first little boat went chug, chug, chug
The second little boat went tug, tug, tug
The third little boat went row, row, row
The fourth little boat went ohhh sooo slowww
Here comes a sailboat–watch it go!
We made our own ships, of course!
We used a piece of light blue construction for our ship’s background. We then cut a small strip of dark blue construction paper. We glued this small strip onto the bottom of our light blue construction paper. The light blue part was the sky and the dark blue part was the water.
We then made our ships. I provided the kids with templates for a ship and three sail shapes, found at www.busybee.com. We decorated our ships and sails any way we liked. We then cut the ships out and glued them onto our construction paper.
Next, we cut out our three sail shapes. We made two slits in each sail, one at the top and one at the bottom. We then slid three craft sticks in and out of the slits so that the sails could stay in place. If this is too difficult, the kids can just glue the sail shapes on top of the craft sticks. We then glued the sails onto our ship.
Now it was time for the Cheerios! We glued three or four Cheerios onto the boat to represent windows. To further decorate our boat scene, we drew fish (and sharks!) in the water, people on the boat, and glued cotton balls to represent clouds in the sky.
Finally our ship was ready to sail off into the distance!