This flannel board was inspired by Nicole over at Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime and her Five Little Jellyfish rhyme. For my storytime about visiting magical places, the children and I went to the ocean to do the rhyme Five Little Starfish. The children loved doing this one, especially when we get to the starfish that takes a ride on a seahorse!
For a template, I simply found a starfish clip art to use. I made two extra just because I couldn't resist, which turned out to be a good thing because all of my regular storytime children who sit up front really wanted to help put them on the board and I had just enough for all of them! This made the reciting of the rhyme interesting at first, but then you realize... this is a perfect time to introduce some subtraction math skills! All I had to do was place the two extra ones in a corner and ask the children how many do we have left if we don't count the ones in the corner, and they got it! Awesome!
Five Little Starfish
Five little starfish by the shore,
The yellow one got lost and that left four
Four little starfish in the sea,
The blue one swam far, far away and that left three.
Three little starfish in the ocean so blue,
The red one took a seahorse ride and that left two.
Two little starfish in the sun,
The orange one took a dive and that left one.
One little starfish swimming along,
It was time for him to go home and that left none.
Inspiration Source: Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime
Have a great weekend!