Toddler Program

Juegos de agua para campeones /

Water Play for Champions

By Alexandra Corona and Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

  • Eduardo cumpleaños en la piscina by Rosemary Wells.
  • Edward in Deep Water by Rosemary Wells.
  • Maisy Goes Swimming by Lucy Cousins.
  • Maisy’s Pool by Lucy Cousins.
  • Spot va a la playa by Eric Hill.

Bulletin Board

Beach Reading

Create a beach scene on your bulletin board by placing blue paper on the upper half of the bulletin board for the sky and yellow or tan paper on bottom half for the beach. On the beach, put figures of characters playing and reading books copied from the Texas Reading Club clip art.



Use the pattern provided to create boat nametags for each child to wear during the storytime program.


Grab a Book!

Mount the Texas Reading Club poster on a heavy poster board or a tri-fold display board. Display the poster on a table along with books related to your storytime themes and books from the Texas Reading Club manual bibliography.


Serve goldfish crackers in small clear plastic cups.


Kidstamps sells a “Gone Fishing” rubber stamp featuring Frog and Toad, from the books by Arnold Lobel, reading and fishing together. Reward the children who come to your program by stamping their hand at the end of the program.

Costumes and Props

To make the program visual and fun, sit in a small inflatable swimming pool while you read the stories. Wear a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt and straw hat.


La araña pequeñita

(Translated and adapted by Paula Gonzales. Repeat the song, substituting “grandotota” for the word “pequeñita,” or, in English, “great big” instead of “eensy, weensy.”)

La araña pequeñita

Subió, subió, subió.

Vino la lluvia y

Se la llevó.

Salió el sol y

Sé secó la lluvia.

Y la araña pequeñita

Otra vez subió.

The Eensy, Weensy Spider


The eensy, weensy spider (Touch fingertips on each hand to simulate movement)

Went up the water spout. (Move your fingers up your arm)

Down came the rain and (Quickly lower your arm.)

Washed the spider out. (Spread your arms out in front of you)

Out came the sun and (Hold arms over your head to create a circle)

Dried up all the rain.

And the eensy, weensy spider (Touch fingertips on each hand to simulate movement)

Went up the spout again. (Move your fingers up your arm)

Action Rhymes

Los pescaditos

(Traditional. English translation by Alexandra Corona.)

Los pescaditos en el agua,

nadan, nadan, nadan.

Vuelan, vuelan, vuelan.

Son chiquitos, chiquitos.

Vuelan, vuelan, vuelan.

Nadan, nadan, nadan.

The Fishes

The fishes in the water,

Swim, swim, swim. (Swimming motion with hands)

Fly, fly, fly. (Flap arms)

They’re very small. (Close thumb and fingers together)

Fly, fly, fly. (Flap arms)

Swim, swim, swim. (Swimming motion with hands)


Allá en la fuente

(Traditional. English translation by Alexandra Corona. The tune may be heard on La Página de Cri-Crí el Grillito Cantor. The complete song is called El Chorrito, and you may sing the entire song or just this verse.)

Allá en fuente

Había un chorrito;

Se hacía grandote;

Se hacía chiquito;

Estaba de mal humor,

Pobre chorrito

Tenía calor.

In the Fountain

In the fountain

There was a spout of water;

It would get big;

It would get small;

He was not happy,

Poor little spout

Was very hot.

Vamos a remar

(Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

Ven, ven, ven acá,

Vamos a remar

Rema, rema, rema, rema,

Me tienes que ayudar.

Row Your Boat


Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily,

Merrily, life is but a dream.

Flannel Boards

Tell “The Fish With the Deep Sea Smile” by Margaret Wise Brown, on pages 146-151 of The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra. Patterns are provided in the book. Alternatively, if the library owns a copy of the original book, share it with the children as you place pieces on the flannel board.

Tell the story Five Little Ducks by Ian Beck. Copy the flannel board patterns provided onto yellow felt. Decorate five little ducks and one mother duck and use them as you tell the story.


Fishing Pole with Fish


  • Yellow construction paper
  • Large craft sticks
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stickers or colored dot stickers
  • Wiggle eyes


In advance, cut out fish using the pattern provided. Let the children decorate their fish with stickers or colored dot stickers. In advance, prepare fishing poles by taping 7-inch long pieces of yarn to the craft sticks. After the fish is decorated, tape the loose end of the yarn to the fish.


If you have public performance rights, show these videos and DVDs, or segments of them, to the children. Otherwise, display them for home use.

  • A Day at the Beach. (30 minutes)
  • “Spot Goes to the Beach” on Spot Goes to a Party. (30 minutes)
  • “Water Water Everywhere” on Kipper: Fun in the Sun. (55 minutes)

Professional Resources

  • Five Little Ducks by Ian Beck.
  • The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.


Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011