Saturday, March 5, 2011

Preschool Storytime: Bathtime

If you're new here, you might want to check you my introduction to preschool storytime.

The Fish Is Me!: Bathtime RhymesThis one worked a little differently than the usual plan, because I wanted to do several rhymes from The Fish Is Me!: Bathtime Rhymes which were selected by Neil Philip and illustrated by Claire Henley. As this is a collection of poems, it doesn't work well to just read the book, but a one here and one there is a fun way to introduce poetry to storytime!

So, here's how it went down:

Introduction and Announcements

Welcome Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly SongsFirst Song: "Take Me Out of the Bathtub" from Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz, illustrated by David Catrow

Captain Bob Sets SailRead: Captain Bob Sets Sail by Roni Schotter, illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Read: "Trouble Bubble Bath" from The Fish is Me

Action Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock

Read: "Water Everywhere" from The Fish is Me

Bubble Bath PiratesRead: Bubble Bath Pirates written and illustrated by Jarret J. Krosoczka

Song: "This is the way we wash our hair" which is the same melody as "This is the way we wash our clothes" but we wash our hair or other body parts "ear-lie in the morning." and of course, we act it out!

This is the way we wash our hair, wash our hair, wash our hair
This is the way we wash our hair,
Earl-ie in the morning

This is the way we wash our arms...

This is the way we scrub our backs...

This is the way we wash our knees...

This is the way we scrub our feet...

Don't forget behind your ears....

You can make it as long or as short as you want and do various body parts as the mood strikes or depending on how the kids are reacting.

Read: "If I Were a Fish" from The Fish is Me

Song: Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

Read: "Miss Susie had a Baby" from The Fish is Me

Bubbles, BubblesRead: Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

Read: "After a Bath" from The Fish is Me

Goodbye Song "Coming Around the Mountain"

Goodbye and Announcement repeat and invitation to CHECK OUT BOOKS!

Some of the other books I had on display for the kids to check out were...

Casey in the Bath by Cynthia deFelice, illustrated by Chris L. Demarest
I Can Take a Bath by Shigeo Watanabe, illustrated by Yasuo Ohtomo
Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood (I usually do this as part of bathtime storytime, especially because the library has it in big book format so everyone can really see the pictures, but I just did it last month, so I didn't want to do it again!)
Eloise Takes A Bawth by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight


  1. I love a good bathtime storytime! I once did it in my bathrobe. I brought all kinds of stuff you might use in a bath and talked about them and what I used them for (like shampoo, a washcloth, a rubber ducky, and so on) It was fun, but hot in the bathrobe. We danced to Jim Gill's Taking a Bath in a Washing Machine.

  2. I too love a bath time theme--thanks for the music suggestions. At the end of bath storytimes I almost always blow bubbles and let the littles try to clap them and stomp on them. It's a fun although not literary ending.

    Another super bath title: Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock illustrated by Mary McQuillan. Old (2002) but great to read aloud.


  3. Booksdogsandfrogs-- I'll have to remember those ideas for next time!

    Amy-- I've used bubbles in the past, but we're currently all out, so I couldn't last week. (Note to self-- buy more bubbles.) I'm unfamiliar with Squeaky Clean but I just checked and my system owns several copies, so I'll have to have a look.

    Thanks for the ideas!

  4. I love the name of this blog - I just had a very noisy baby/toddler story time this morning, so I can definitely relate! We also did Where is Thumbkin today - it's a good one.

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