Story Time

Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your… can you guess what comes next? Of course you can! It’s “BOAT!”, and it’s this week’s “B” word. Try this experiment at home. A boat is like a bowl that floats in water, but if it’s too full, it will sink. “Float” a bowl in water like the bathtub. Fill it with different objects like toys, rocks, marbles, or dried beans. See how many items it takes to “sink” the boat! You could sing “Splashin’ Up and Down” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” while you fill the bowl with your items.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Both music and art can help to convey a mood. Pictures can enhance the words of a book to reinforce the mood that the author is trying to convey. Awareness of the relationship between words and pictures contributes to a child’s depth of expression. See how the anticipation and excitement in “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” by Jane Cabrera is enhanced by the bright and exotic illustrations?

Activity

Using Jane Cabrera’s, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” sing this familiar nursery song with your child in a way that reflects the illustrations and mood of the book.

Books Presented

Busy Boats by Tony Mitton

Rhyming text introduces a variety of ships and boats as they cross lakes, seas, and rivers with cargoes of merchandise or people.

Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen

The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

In this expansion of a familiar song, the occupants of a rowboat enjoy seeing and making the sounds of different jungle animals.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

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)

– Adventuresofabookworm.com

Five Little Boats

The first little boat went chug, chug, chug.
The second little boat went tug, tug, tug.
The third little boat went row, row, row.
The fourth little boat went oh sooo slooooow.
Here comes the sailboat, watch it go!

– Sunflowerstorytime.com

 

 

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!

– Adventuresofabookworm.com

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Rocking Boat

Try making this rocking boat!

Additional Books

Ready, Set, Sail! by Meg Fleming

Follows a group of friends as they go sailing, explore an island, and return home to tell their tale.

Big Bear's Big Boat by Eve Bunting

When Big Bear outgrows his old boat, he gives it to Little Bear and builds himself a new one–just like it except bigger–until his friends start making suggestions that result in something very different.

If I Had a Big Blue Boat by Susan James Fry

The Boats on the River by Marjorie Flack

A ferryboat, paddlewheeler, ocean liner, tug boat, motorboat, sailboat, rowboat, freighter, submarine, and a warship all share the river waters around the big city.

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