Five Little Seashells
Five little seashells washed up on the shore,
Along came a wave and then there were four.
Four little seashells happy as could be,
Along came a wave and then there were three.
Three little seashells all shiny and new,
Along came a wave and then there were two.
Two little seashells lying in the sun,
Along came a wave and then there was one.
One little seashell left all alone,
Put it in your pocket and take it home.
There are lots of fun activities to do with this cute counting poem.
- Let children act out the poem. Choose five students to stand up and be the "shells." As you read the poems, have the other children, sway back and forth, pretending to be waves. As each shell disappears, that child can sit down.
- Give each child five shells or counters to represent shells. Begin by having the children point to each shell as you count to five. Then read the poem and have the students remove a shell each time one is washed away. Stop and count between each verse. This is a great activity for young children who are still working on one-to-one correspondence.
Use the rhyme to practice language arts skills, too. Find the rhyming words and the number words. Count now many times you see the word seashell or wave.