Water Table Fishing
T was so proud every time he caught a "fish." He would loudly exclaim "fishy!" and we would high five. It was super fun. He's getting really good at counting up to five, so we practiced by placing the fish he'd caught in a container and counting them.
We did this outside in a water table. But it could be done anywhere and with anything. If you want to use water, the bathtub, a kiddie pool, or a storage tote would all work great. But even the water isn't totally necessary - it would be a fun activity to do on the floor too (especially if you made a boat out of a laundry basket!)
We also sang "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Once I Caught a Fish Alive" (I apologize, the video is cheesy and gets on my nerves a bit - but it will give you an idea of how the song goes!). It was also a cute song, but it just didn't get the toddler seal of approval quite like doing the hootchie kootchie dance.
As an educator - I love Fish is Fish. It's a great example of the way that students, children, and people in general come into situations with preconceived ideas that are built on their experiences. The book tells the story of a minnow in a pond whose best friend - a tadpole - grows legs and leaves the pond. He comes back to tell the minnow about all the things he has seen on land (cows, birds, and humans), but all the fish can picture is fish! While I love the concept, my toddler loved the colorful illustrations and the fact that it featured his current favorite...fish!
Just Like Daddy was perfect for a toddler because it was very short. It featured simple vocabulary that is familiar to a toddler learning to talk. And the story was cute, with a sweet ending.