Toddler Storytime: Bathtime

Today’s Toddler Storytime was full of bathtime fun!  We sang our opening song, “Clap Everybody and Say Hello.”  Then everybody got a scarf, and we did our songs Open Shut Them, One Bright Scarf and Peekaboo.

Then we read a cute book about a small elephant who does NOT like bathtime, and how his parents eventually get him to try it.  It’s called Small Elephant’s Bathtime by Tatyana Feeney.


Then we did a flannel story about five little piggies in the bathtub:

five little piggiesOne little piggy was taking a bath

The water was splashing and the bubbles were rising

That another little piggy came to join the fun.

Now two little piggies were taking a bath

The water was splashing and the bubbles were rising…

(keep going up to five)

Five little piggies were taking a bath.

The bathtub is full.  The piggies are clean.

And the slippery little piggies get out of the bath.

(count down from five to one)

But the first one stayed.  Now he has the bathtub all to himself!

We used our scarves to sing about taking a bath:

This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands

This is the way we wash our hands when we get all dirty.

This is the way we scrub our face…

This is the way we rub our ears…

This is the way we rinse our hair…

This is the way we sponge our tummies…

Then I put on the Bubbles song with my CD, and went around the room blowing bubbles.  I’m looking into a bubble machine for the library, but for now this is a temporary solution.

We read another book, called Get Out of My Bath by Britta Teckentrup.  Also about an elephant in the bathtub, how funny!  This book uses a shiny, slick kind of paint for the water and invites kids to help the elephant make “waves” and to tell the crocodile and other animals to “Get Out Of My Bath”!

We bounced, rowed, wiggled and swayed to Row, Row, Row Your Boat on our CD, and then we put on a video.  I showed “Elmo’s World: Bathtime” and we laughed as Mr. Noodle struggled to figure out how to take a bath:

Thanks everybody for coming and being such a good crowd today!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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