Bathtime ~ Infant Storytime

For our fourth storytime of the winter session we read stories about bathtime!  As a special treat we had the library bubble machine blow some magical bubbles while everyone walked into the story hour room.  We had to prepare for all of the bubble baths taking place throughout storytime!  What follows are the books, rhymes, songs, tickle, bounces and flannel board we shared.


In Lucy Cousin’s picture book, Maisy Takes a Bath, Maisy is desperately trying to take her bath but she keeps getting interrupted by the door bell!  Who can it be?  Why it’s her friend Talullah wanting to play!  Maisy has to have her bath first so Talullah leaves and Maisy goes upstairs to soak in her bubble bath.  There goes that doorbell again!  Can you guess who it is?  This is a great picture book for babies – the illustrations are clear, bright and bold and the theme is relatable.  Good for a lap sit or read aloud.

Bathtime with Theo and Beau by Jessica Shybais a cross between fiction and nonfiction although you would find it in our picture book section.  Real photographs of Theo & Beau getting ready for bathtime make this the perfect book to introduce babies (and puppies) to the tub and all the things that making taking a bath fun.

Flannel Rhymes We Shared

Five Elephants in the Bathtub


One Elephant in the bathtub,

Going for a swim. (Make swimming motion with arms)
Knock, knock (Slap knees twice)
Splash, splash (Clap hands twice)
Come on in! (Motion to come in with both hands)

Continue counting up until 5 …..

Five elephants in the bathtub,
Going for a swim
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
They all fell in!

Here’s a video clip of a Bubbles Song that incorporates counting.  You might want to blow and POP some bubbles with your baby to this tune!

Action Songs, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!
You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome Song
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Dickery Dickery Dare (bounce)

Video:  Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air –
The man in brown,
Brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!

The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce)

Video:  The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down.

Peas Porridge Hot! (nursery rhyme)

Video:  Peas Porridge Hot

Peas porridge hot
Peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old!
Some like it hot
Some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, nine days old!

Tickle: Round and round the garden, goes the Teddy Bear, a one-step, a two-step, a tickle under there.

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends)

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Ladies Ride” from More Tickles & Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Smooth Road” from Baby’s Boat by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“With My Little Hands” from  Active Baby by Tumble Tots

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Two Little Blackbirds” from by Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more books about bathtime, check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!


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