Friday, December 9, 2016

Toddler Playschool: O is for Ocean Animals {free printable}

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There are so very few topics that come to mind when trying to create lesson plans for toddlers for the letter O.  Fish and ocean creatures are so very fascinating to most little ones, so I thought it would be entertaining to use them as our theme for this week's Toddler Playschool free printable lesson plan. 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. There will also be exploration of different themes each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides a flexible framework of activity ideas that can used in the home or classroom. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Please see here for more info.
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone
Songs and Fingerplays
All the Fish are Swimming
All the fish are swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
All the fish are swimming in the water
Splish, splash, splish, splash, splish!             
(repeat with a great big fish in a low voice and tiny fish in a high, fast voice)
5 Little Seashells
Five little seashells lying on the shore
Swoosh, went the waves and then there were four.
Four little seashells pretty as can be
Swoosh, went the waves and then there were three.
Three little seashells all pearly and new
Swoosh, went the waves and then there were two.
Two little seashells lying in the sun
Swoosh, went the waves and then there was one.
One little seashell lying all alone
I picked it up and took it home.
Once I Caught a Fish Alive
One, two, three, four, five.
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine ,ten,
Then I let it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.
Three Seahorses
(3 Blind Mice)
Three seahorse, three seahorses
See how they swim, see how they swim
Their tails go left, their tails go right
They swim so fast in the ocean light
Did you ever see such a wonderful sight
As three seahorses?
O Page for Alphabet Book
Create a page for the alphabet book. Each page is blank except for the week's letter. Children can be provided with an open-ended activity to decorate the page of their book.  Or you can use the suggested activities to set up an activity to create the page. Once done, pages can be laminated and bound with spiral binding or rings. You can find a template for this book here.   
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