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Nautical Storytime


I was browsing around Pop Goes the Page, a library blog that I follow, looking for inspiration when I found their Nautical Flag Necklace blog and realized…. that would make an AWESOME craft for kids. Not only had I not known that there were flags that symbolized letters and numbers (as well as a bunch of other things) that ships used; but the idea of turning that into a craft just tickled me.

And as usual for me, once I find a craft I like, I create a storytime around said craft….thus Nautical Storytime was born.

Now, sadly, no one showed up to our Storytime at the Mall program… which, honestly, wasn’t that surprising really, since it was Columbus Day, they probably didn’t think we were doing anything….or even open.

But we had kiddos show up to the regular storytime so no worries!

My first book was Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler:

This was a cute book about a little piggie who was just not having a great day and was grumpy, then that grumpiness paid off by giving him the perfect grumpy pirate growl.

The next book was a Nonfiction book called Big Boats by Catherine Ipcizade:

And gave simple discriptions and pictures of Big, Bigger and Biggest boats.

After that, we did a Find the Anchor game.

I did a simply google search for different boats coloring sheets and just picked four that I liked. I printed them on different color paper and found picture an anchor. I woukd hide the anchor under a boat and each kid would get a turn to come up and check under a boat to see if the anchor was there.

The third book was one the younger kids loved called Row, Row, Row You Boat by Jane Cabrera:

This cute little book followed along with the song, then talked about ‘what to do’ if you see certain animals, and *insert animal sound here* lol. the kids, of course, LOVED making lion roars

Now came the craft, our Nautical Necklaces.

This took a bit of prep.

I enlarged the flags a bit then cut multiples of each.

Then I quartered a glue dot…. I know, quartered???? Yes, you dont need a lot, its small after all.

Now, all the kid has to do is peel off the back like a sticker and fold. I recommend folding AROUND the necklace cord. Folding first and attempting to get the cord through is a pain in the @$$.

I also used plastic string and set out some beads for the kiddos to use on their necklaces.

I think they liked the bead part better than the flag part, but oh well.

I also provided a cart of books on boats, pirates, the Titanic, etc. etc.

I think I might have gotten a little carried away, lol.

Well thats all for now. Got 2 weeks of vacation calling my name. Ciao!


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Today was our Oceans storytime! Kids love animals, especially the weird and creepy critters that dwell in the deep. Or at least MY kid does. Our Pup LOVES the creepy ‘scary’ fish that live in the trenches. So, I decided to go that route with my non-fiction book.

I started off with Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea.


Then followed it up with my non-fiction book, Deep Ocean Creatures; which had pictures of several of the strange creatures Rainbow Fish encountered on his trip into the deep sea.


Next is my Don’t wake the Shark! game.
I found this idea on Pintrest along with the print outs here.


The principle of this game is to find the clown fish and NOT hit a shark. Each child gets a chance to come up and flip a card over. The game keeps going until all the clown fish are found or all the sharks have been ‘woken up’. The kids really seemed to enjoy the suspense of did we wake a shark???? LOL.  **Disclaimer: Now, I didn’t follow the rules exactly; in the actual rules of the game, if you find a shark the game is over and you have to start over.  Since this was a bit more time consuming than I wanted, I fudged the rules a teeny-weenie bit.**

After all the Nemos have been found or all the sharks have been woken; next we move on to our final book, which was The Pout-Pout Fish.


The kids really seems to giggle everytime this goofy fish went Bluuuuuuuub, and oozed down somewhere.

Next, I had a bit of show-and-tell. My mother and I we love to collect treasures from our walks; so between us, we have teeth, shells, and fossils from a wide range of oceanic critters. Sadly, I couldn’t find my big jar of sharks teeth…so I made do with what I had.


I managed to find a crab shell, two sharks teeth, a spiral shell and some sort of fossilized teeth from a filter feeder(?possibly?? I really have no idea.). The kids got to pass the items around and touch them. I even showed them how sharp the sharks teeth still were even after all that time in the ocean (millions of years?).  The largest of the teeth still sliced through paper easily.

Finally, after all the books had been read. We came to the kids favorite part…. CRAFT TIME!!

Today we made Jellyfish to go along with our ocean theme.





The Jellyfish were easy to make; only requiring a bowl, two (2) strips of crepe paper, two(2) pieces of ribbon, some glue dots, and some googley eyes.

I also gathered up some books and dvds on oceans and ocean creatures that I kept on a cart in the room so anyone who wanted to do some further learning, could do so.

**NOTE: This storytime is geared for children 2-5 yrs old and generally lasts 45 minutes to an hour depending on the craft**

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