Toddlers: Bathtime

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan



Animal Baths by Bob Barner*
Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman*
Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka
Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont**

Early Literacy Tip

If your child dislikes bathtime, try to make it fun by singing a favorite song or playing with some toys.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Clean and Dirty Pigs”**

Flannelboard: “Five Elephants in the Bathtub”*

Action Song: “This Is the Way”
This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
When we’re in the bathtub.
(Legs, tummies, heads, hair)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes*
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • This Is Big*
  • Tick, Tock*
  • Two Little Blackbirds**

How It Went

I loved watching the kiddos “wash” themselves at storytime. We really got into making sure our hair was clean. Lots of kids and parents laughed at Miss Katie’s funny hair after our song. “Five Elephants In the Bathtub” went right over Tuesday’s class’s heads, so I skipped it for Thursday. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s favorite book was “Dini Dinosaur”.

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