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Storytime: Boats

“Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
“Busy boats” by Tony Mitton

Splashin Up and Down
Splashin up and down in my little red rowboat (lapbounce or pretend to row)
Splashin up and down in my little red rowboat
Splashin up and down in my little red rowboat
Won’t you be my darling

(repeat with)
Lookin out to sea in my little red rowboat (shield eyes)
Waving to a whale in my little red rowboat (wave)
Don’t stand up or you might tip over (lean to the side)

Motorboat, motorboat, go so sloooow (roll hands slowly)
Motorboat, motorboat, go so sloooow
Motorboat, motorboat, step on the gas (tap foot)

Motorboat, motorboat go so fast (roll hands quickly)
Motorboat, motorboat, go so fast
Motorboat, motorboat, CRASH (clap)

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat gently to the river
If you see a polar bear, don’t forget to shiver

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream

Row, row, row your boat gently to the shore
If you see a lion, don’t forget to roar!

Five Sailboats
Tune: Five Little Ducks


5 sailboats went out one day (hold up 5 fingers)
Over the waves and far away (move hand up and down)
With the wind they begin to rock (lean side to side)
And 1 little sailboat returns to dock

(count down)

Sailboats in the Water
Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man

To make the sailboats I used a cut out machine we have and used different colors. The kids love this type of activity and get really excited when it is their turn.

If you have a (color) sailboat, a (color) sailboat, a (color) sailboat
If you have a (color) sailboat, put it in the water!

For the craft I cut paper plates in half and used a razor to make a slit near the top. Next I cut out boats. Children colored the boats and glued them to the popsicle stick. Then they colored the plate and some drew fish in their water. They can put the popsicle stick inside of the plate and move the boat around like it is floating on the water!

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Song Cube

I’m sure by now you have all seen a song cube (Mel’s Desk¬†and Storytime Katie have great examples); well I have gone ahead and made my own! This is something I have wanted to make for a while now but just haven’t had the time/materials. Come October I am starting a whole new set of programs (be on the look out for them!) and decided there is no time like the present.

So without further ado, here is my song cube…



  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Contact paper
  • Box
  • Pictures that represent a song

While I have seen other blogs use tissue boxes I wanted to make sure I had a perfect square. I scrounged the library’s basement (which is filled with boxes) and could not find a perfect square. Next, I turned to the man with all the answers…my dad!! Low and behold my father of course had the perfect size box for me, I don’t think he’s seen me that excited about a box since I was a kid! (THANKS DAD)


First I trimmed each picture down to the size of the box (8 inches), then I cut a piece of contact paper that was roughly 1 inch bigger on each side.


Then it was time to stick the picture to the contact paper and then the box. I have to say putting the picture onto the contact paper was the hardest part, I hate when there are bubbles but it was inevitable that there would be a few. I really wanted to make sure that the contact paper overlapped every side of the box to help make it sturdier.


And continue until all the sides are covered!!

Here is my final product…


The perfectionist in me is not happy about some of the bubbles in the contact paper but the librarian in me is thrilled because I know how much the children are going to love using it in storytime. I can’t wait until October is here to bring out my new prop!


  • Boat- row, row, row your boat
  • Spider- itsy bitsy spider
  • Boy with hands on head – head, shoulders, knees and toes
  • Alphabet blocks – alphabet song
  • Hands clapping – if you’re happy and you know it
  • School bus – the wheels on the bus

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