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Commotion in the ocean

What you need

  • Sea life toys and/or objects from around the house
  • A box or basket
  • Paper and pens (optional)


Engagement in a story with the opportunity to join in with repeated refrains and anticipating key events and/or phrases.

The experience

Find a quiet comfortable space to sit and invite your child to come and watch the reading of the wonderful story of ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. Dive into the ocean for a noisy, rhyming animal adventure in this colourful picture book, read by Paige.

Children will love looking at the colourful pictures and joining in with all the great sound words, as they discover all sorts of amazing sea creatures, including blue whales, sea turtles, jellyfish, dolphins and more!

After listening to the story, have a go at retelling the story without the video. Why not make a ‘story box’ to help you. See if you have anything that resembles any of the characters around the house (a teddy fish or a rubber shark). If not, you could draw them together instead! Put the characters in a box or basket and pull them out when it’s their turn to take part in the story – just use the repeated refrains and move around to make the story come to life. Most importantly, have fun!