Ocean Songs


Have you ever gone swimming on a hot summer’s day And seen the little fishes swimming in the bay With their hands in their pockets and their pockets in their pants Doing the hoochy koochy dance


I teach 3,4 and 5y/o and they love this song:

The hand movements are simple, for the slippery fish just put your two hands together, prayer style, and glide them thru the air. Jelly fish, hook your thumbs and let your fingers be the tentacles. Tuna fish is your two hands, fingertips touching, to give the impression of a bigger fish, Great White, flat palms at right angels and enoromous whale, whole arm in opening and shutting motion – Each time a fish is eaten, you need to make the noises, and movements and go on with the song, until the end, when the whale burps and says… Excuse Me!


Slippery fish, slippery fish

swimming in the water

A slippery fish, a slippery fish

Gulp, gulp

OH NO! He’s been eaten by a

Jellyfish, a jelly fish

swimming in the water

A jelly fish, a jelly fish

gulp, gulp

OH NO! He’s been eaten by a

Tuna fish, a tuna fish

swimming in the water

A tuna fish, a tuna fish

gulp, gulp

OH NO! He’s been eaten by a

Great White Shark, a great white shark

swimming in the water

A great white shark, a great white shark

gulp, gulp, gulp

OH NO! He’s been eaten by an

Enormous Whale, an enormous whale

Spouting in the water

Enormous Whale, enormous whale

Gulp, gulp, BURP!

Excuse ME!

This song was song, or chanted by my class for the entire year, they never tired of being the different predators. And who wouldn’t love the chance to burp!


Fred the Fish

(the Beverly Hillbillies tune)

Long time ago,

There lived a fish named Fred,

Made of many colors,

Yellow, blue and red.

He swam through the ocean,

Swimming wild and free,

Away from the fishermen,

They wanted him you see.

Fred-

He was-

Blue and red-

Wild and free!


All the fish are swimming in the water, swimming in the water, swimming in the water, all the fish are swimming in the water, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble pop. (put hands together, palms facing together, swim this “fish”…then make round circles with hands to be bubbles moving upward until they open for the word “Pop” and clap together. Also great to sing in a center with a pool!

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.