Fish Counting Nursery Rhyme - One, Two, Three, Four, Five
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Fish Counting Nursery Rhyme - One, Two, Three, Four, Five Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities


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One, Two, Three, Four, Five -; The Fish Counting Rhyme is probably one of the most educational nursery rhymes because it addresses a number of basic skills: counting numbers 1 to 10 in a fun and humorous way, it has several letter Ff words in the text (four, five, fingers, fish) to practice letter recognition in lower case form, and learning terms terms left and right. Take advantage of all these elements when presenting the rhyme.

This rhyme can be incorporated into a fish, ocean, pets (aquarium fish), zoo or aquarium park theme or a Bible based story that includes a fish theme. Visit fish activities and crafts for ideas and suggestions.

Activity 1 Presenting the nursery rhyme >

Review the video @ YouTube and printable activities in the materials column.

Children under 2 will benefit greatly from singing, using puppets, stuffed animals, and/or finger plays with nursery rhymes.

Make sure children understand the meaning of all the words in the text.

For this rhyme there is a color poster that uses Rebus elements. Children will see the numbers printed above the text, they will also see pictures (hand with pointing finger) and a fish image to help "read " left to right along with the rhyme.

The letter F words are encased within a square to help them focus on those words. Use all of these elements as you present the nursery rhyme.

    1. Print or read/sing the nursery rhyme text from the computer screen and distribute the coloring page version. Then slowly go over each of the elements.

    2. Have the children point to the numbers or use finger play motions pointing 1, 2, 3, 4 fingers as you read.

    3. Indicate that reading the text is done from left (point to that side on the text) to right (slide finger until you reach the right side). Change the ending of the word right, to the word left and have the children point with their left finger and switch again to right.

      Additional ideas for using nursery rhyme coloring page version:

    • Color practice: Have children color each number block in a different color to practice colors.

    • Alphabet letter f practice: Have the children color all the letter F word blocks in another color, what about a Fuchsia (dark pink)?

    • Color the fish in their favorite color!

    • Conduct separate activities to on letter F recognition with F is for Fish activities and printable materials.

Activity Arts & Crafts > Five Fish in a Bowl Craft and learning activities

Visit this craft activity with learning activities that will reinforce numbers 1 to 5 and many other skills. After completing the craft sing and review the nursery rhyme again.

Activity > Learning Numbers · Happy Numbers Worksheets >

Include the numbers worksheets for zero thru nine for this activity to practice counting, number recognition and handwriting skills.

Activity > Online Jigsaw Puzzles >

Fish - Fish bowl or Aquarium - Letter X X-ray tetra fish
Objective: Color and letter recognition, problem solving skills.

The Fish Counting Nursery Rhyme Color Poster
Color poster

Coloring page

Five Fish in a Fishbowl Preschool Craft
Five Fish in a Fishbowl Craft

Happy Numbers Worksheets
Happy Numbers Worksheets
Count & Write

Numbers · Nursery Rhymes · Fish >