The Rainbow Fish - Storytime Online


Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister!


Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, December, 6th (today), the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.


Enjoy a borrowed copy of the book, and have fun doing the activities. Please return the book after you are done; everything else is yours to keep!



"The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister


The Rainbow Fish is an international bestseller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foilstamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child-appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions, that gives the book its lasting value.”

You will have to return this book to the library; everything else is yours to keep!


Go Online to: https://storylineonline.net/books/the-rainbow-fish/


You will have the book read to you by actor Ernest Borgnine. He did such a great job; we hope you enjoy his reading as much as we did!


Kits include:

  • a borrowed copy of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored fish)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 3 activity pages

  • 2 coloring pages

  • a recipe

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (instrument included)

  • Rainbow Fish craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers


HANDOUT GAMES – play with included fish handouts


Can You Show Me…?

(Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)


Can you show me the red fish?

Red fish, red fish?

Can you show me the red fish?

And wave her in the air?


Orange… yellow… green… blue



Hold It High – Choose one fish from handouts

Hold your fish high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your fish below your chin

Now hold it way up high again


Hold your fish against your nose

Now touch the fish to your toes

Touch your fish to the ground

Now wave that fish all around!


Hold your fish in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your fish and jump up high!

Now let your fish fly fly fly (throw it in the air)



SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments


Down in the Deep Blue Sea by Super Simple Songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pMEQsk3c5Y



5 Little Fish by Jack Hartmann

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4_L7CM46M4



Rainbow Fish Song by I Like Singing Songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzgpA86x94U



Rainbow Fish by Digley and Dazey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo4LWHrnkAQ



BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)


Catch a Fish

(Tune: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")


Catch, catch, catch a fish,

(bounce on each “catch”)

Hook it on your line,

(lean child forward)

Reel it, reel it, reel it, reel it,

(help child roll hands in a circle)

This one will be mine!

(tickle or hug child)


Caught, caught, caught a fish,

(bounce on each “catch”)

Reel it in right now!

(help child roll hands in a circle)

Reel it slow and reel it fast

(move slow and then fast)

You caught the fish! Wow!

(bounce up high in the air on ‘Wow!’)



ACTION RHYMES


Three Rainbow Fish

(Tune: "Three Blind Mice")


Three rainbow fish, three rainbow fish,

See how they swim, see how they swim.

Their tails go left and their tails go right,

Their gills breathe in and their gills breathe out,

Did you ever see such a shimmery sight as

Three rainbow fish?



Did You Ever See A Fishy?

(Tune: "Did You Ever See A Lassie?")


Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy?

Did you ever see a fishy

Swim this way and that?

Swim this way and that way

And that way and this way?

Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?



Rainbow Fish Lives in the Ocean

(Tune: "The Bear Went Over the Mountain")


Rainbow Fish lives in the ocean

Rainbow Fish lives in the ocean.

Rainbow Fish lives in the ocean….

His neighbor is the seahorse.


The seahorse lives in the ocean

The seahorse lives in the ocean.

The seahorse lives in the ocean….

His neighbor is the shark.


The shark lives in the ocean

The shark lives in the ocean.

The shark lives in the ocean….

Her neighbor is the jellyfish.


(Can continue with more sea creatures: jellyfish, octopus, starfish, dolphin, etc.)



The Waves in the Sea

(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)