Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pre-School Storytime–Bathtime!


A fun interactive storytime for ages 3-6 celebrating bathers (both reluctant & enthusiastic!) 
Includes aspects of phonemic awareness, around the body tour, sharing a Caldecott-winning title, an old camp song, and everyone’s favorite pigeon!



Entering Music: "Splish Splash" from the Sesame Street CD "The Best of Elmo" and/or "Rubber Duckie" from  CD "Sesame Street Platinum"




Book: Where’s Jenna by Margaret Miller (children enjoy finding Jenna in each picture) or The Amazing Adventures of Bathman! by Andrew T. Pelletier (tongue in cheek takeoff on superhero adventuring)


Action Rhyme: (Suit actions to words, substitute “Bathman” for Jenna, if using that title)

*Jenna, Jenna hop in the tub.

  Jenna, Jenna scrub, scrub, scrub

  Jenna, Jenna clean your toes

  Jenna, Jenna wash your nose

  Jenna, Jenna float your tug

  Jenna, Jenna hop on the rug

  Jenna, Jenna dry off so

  Jenna, Jenna sit down slow.


Book: To Bathe a Boa by C. Imbior Kudrna (amusing rhyming tale of a kid trying every possible ruse to bathe his snake, until ultimately both get wet!)  If not available, use: Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman


Action Song (Snake Puppet): "I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor" (phonemic awareness, rhyming clues to parts of the body -- we do this twice, the first time with me and the puppet; the second time through they use their arm & hand as the boa and swallow their own toes etc.)

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor,

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor -- and I don't like it very very much!

Oh no, he's swallowed my toe!

Oh rankle, he's up to my ankle!

Oh fee, he's reached my knee!

Oh sigh, he's up to my thigh!

Oh fiddle, he's reached my middle!

Oh heck, he's up to my neck!

Oh dread, he's swallowed my (gulp!)




Flannel:  Pet Wash based on the book by Dayle Ann Dodds

Step right up! Get in line.  We’ll wash your pets and make them shine.

We’ll rub.  We’ll scrub.  We’re Wally and Gene.

There’s not a pet that we can’t clean.


Wash your Cat?  We can do that!  Spic and span in no time flat.

Wash your Bear?  With loving care.  We’ll even style and curl his hair.

Wash your Eel?  It’s no big deal.  We’ll dry him on our eel-mobile.

Wash your Raccoon?  He’ll shine like the moon.

Wash your Kangaroo?  With mint shampoo.

Wash your Crocodile?  With a smile.

Wash your Tiny Ant?  Who says we can’t?

Wash your Seal?  It’s a deal.

Wash your Rhino?  That will be fine-o.

Wash your Hippo?  We can do that in a zippo!

Big or small or in between, nothing’s too hard for Wally and Gene.

Excuse me! Can you wash my…

Baby Brother?

(Remove Wally & Gene)

Sorry! We’re Closed!




Great lead in to...
Max's Bath
by Rosemary Wells  (In this delightful board book, Max needs a bath because, as his sister Ruby points out, his lunch is all over him...but Max has the last laugh in the surprise ending.)

"Who has little sisters, brothers, cousins? Can you tell what they've eaten by what they're wearing?!"


Action Song: "Ravioli" (traditional camp song-- tune:  Alouette)--great movement song 

Ravioli, ravi, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your pants?   -  Yes I have it on my pants.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravi, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.

Do you have it on your sleeve? -- Yes I have it on my sleeve.
On your sleeve?  On my sleeve.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it in your lap? on your shoe?… 
(chin, hair, ears,  etc. )


"One way to keep from having a mess when you in the bathtub!"




Book: King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood (Caldecott Honor Book -- Big Book available -- allows kids to see the wonderful detailed silliness!)




Song: "Take me Out of the Bathtub" from book by the same name by Alan Katz




Book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems (kids love this -- and notice the one switched picture on the back end-paper!)


Song: "Wash Your Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (same as original except add washing motions)




Pop-Up Book: Bathtime Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (piggy's imagination takes him from his bath to around the world adventures!)  Alternative: Bubble Bath Pirates! By Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Casey in the Bath by Cynthia DeFelice (longer for ages 4-5+)



Song: I'm Gonna Wash that Dirt Right Out of my Hair

I’m gonna wash that dirt right out of my hair (3x)
…and send it on its way.

Continue with ears, toes, belly button...

last verse: I’m gonna rinse that soap right out of my eyes! (3x)

...and go outside to play!


Optional Video: Let’s give Kitty a Bath  (or use Reading Rainbow DVD: The Piggy in the Puddle)


Hand-stamping music – same as entering music.


More book possibilities:

Dad’s Car Wash by Harry A. Sutherland (tried reading aloud, doesn’t hold attention),  Big Smelly Bear or  Get Out of My Bath by BrittaTeckentrup, Tub Toys by Terry Miller Shannon,  No Bath Tonight by Jane Yolen, No More Water in the Tub by Tedd Arnold



BWL 3/07  3/10 3/11  5/13 5/15 (also St. B.) 6/16, 6/17 story/craft added Bubble Painting – idea from


Bubble Painting #1


The first technique is the one most people will be familiar with. Here, you mix your paint (in this case tempera) with a little water, and a squirt of washing-up liquid, stir it up and then blow into it with a straw to create lots and lots of bubbles. You then gently place the paper over the bubbles to take a print from them, remove, and allow to dry.

This is the basic technique, but you can vary it. For example, you can use a large tray of bubbles to cover the whole sheet. Alternativelyyou can use several small pots of different coloured bubbles, as in the example below, and print them one at a time on the same page, (or cluster them together and do them all at once) to create multi-colour bubble circles.  Another variation is to try layering one colour print with another using bubbles of a different colour.


See also: Messy and Clean

Reader's Theater -  note typo in the author's name - it is by Jane Yolen

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