Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

There is a special story, featuring Ralph, all about his fishing trip. Children learn about fishing and enjoy anticipating what Ralph will pull out the river next.

Equipment required

  • Blue blanket or sheet
  • The relevant props or pictures

Link to resources

Training Video

Ralphs Fishing Poem from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Duration

  • One to two weeks

How it works

Children listen to the story of Ralph’s fishing trip as the different items he catches are gradually revealed.

What to do in the class

Have the children standing around in a small circle. Put in the middle  the relevant props or pictures under a blue blanket or sheet. Explain that Ralph is going fishing and what that means. Establish that he hopes to catch a fish.

As you listen to the story, do the actions. Then at the appropriate time, gradually reveal what Ralph catches.

Adaptations

For younger children simplify the actions or do it seated

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation is necessary

Tips

Introduction
Down pours the rain – pitter, patter, splat!  arms up high and lower them with flickering fingers
Put on your wellies, and put on your hat. pretend to put on your wellies, pretend to put on your hat
Splash, splosh, splish stamp in the puddles
Will we catch a fish? arms up as in “question”
Come on, let’s cast away!! cast away with your pretend fishing rod
VERSE 1
Is this a bite? Well hold on tight! Hold on to the fishing rod and pretend something is pulling hard on the end
What is on the end?What can it be?  arms up as in “question”
Can you see?  hand to forehead to look
Here comes a … welly boot! everyone points to the item
TURN-AROUND
Down pours the rain – pitter, patter, splat! Arms up high and lower them with flickering fingers
Come on, let’s cast away!! cast away with your pretend fishing rod
VERSE 2 – Plastic duck
VERSE 3 – Umbrella
VERSE 4 – At last, a fish!!  Jump and clap