Ralph is going fishing and this water party!. Dress Ralph in wet weather clothes such as a coat, hat and wellies. Start the class by introducing Ralph in his costume and explaining that it is a wet day but never the less he is going fishing.

Aim to decorate your room with any fishing/water/rain types of items, such as soft toys, a fishing rod or net, umbrella, rain hats. The following ideas can be used to plan your class.

Song and music ideas

  • 1,2,3,4,5
  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs
  • Row Row, Row
  • 5 Little ducks
  • It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
  • The big ship sailed
  • Yellow Submarine
  • It’s Raining Men
  • Riverdance
  • Somewhere beyond the sea
  • The Rainbow Song
  • Singing in the Rain

Activities

Guess the Sound

  • bath filling
  • stones in the water
  • dripping tap
  • fizzy drink being poured
  • plug being pulled
  • rain
  • shower
  • splash
  • swimming race
  • toilet flushing
  • waves crashing
  • boat

Rhythm Sentences

  • Track 7 – look I’ve caught a fish
  • Track 11 – rain, rain, all over me
  • Track 13 – look a boat, look a boat, look a boat, there!

Prop Ideas

  • ribbons creating water
  • blue material used as a parachute for waves of the sea
  • newspapers and tissue fish to bat across the room
  • a fishing game with rods and magnetic fish; bubbles.

Activities

Remember there is a fishing version of Ralph’s Parachute Adventures and also there is the fish version of Animal Masks, both of which would be good activities for a water party.

Ralph’s Fishy Story

There is a special story, featuring Ralph, all about his fishing trip. You will need to play the story on CD and have the relevant props prepared under a blue sheet or blanket. The actions need to be simplified for babies.

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