Toddler Storytime: Bathtime

This toddler storytime has been a hit with large groups (40-50 little ones and adults) on multiple occasions. Check out the links to Jbrary to see several of the songs in action. While some of the songs and books don’t obviously tie into a bathtime theme, you’ll see how they all connect together. I find books I want to read and then pull threads from the books- animals, activities, etc.-  to connect with songs and activities I want to include, I know are crowd pleasers or help me introduce an early literacy tip.

Welcome Song: The More We Get (Read) Together with ASL

Song: The Animals on the Bus (with puppets pulled from a bag sequentially through the song)
(Sing to the tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
The lions on the bus go roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar, roar
The lions on the bus go roar, roar, roar
All around the town.

The monkeys on the bus go “Oo-oo Aah”…
The frogs on the bus go up and down…
The snakes on the bus slither back and forth, …
The elephants on the bus go stomp, stomp, stomp…

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Beaumont, Karen (Text); David Catrow (Illustrator) Photo Source: klinebooks.com

Book: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! By Karen Beaumont

Action Song: It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More
It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
Oh no, it’s up to my toe!
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
…oh gee, it’s up to me knee
…oh my, it’s up to my thigh
…oh fiddle, it’s up to my middle
…oh dread, it’s up to my head
I’m just gonna swim on home!
Source: Jbrary

Get Out of My Bath by Britta Teckentrup Photo Source: amazon.com

Book: Get Out of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup

Bubbles!
1 little 2 little 3 little bubbles
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bubbles
7 little 8 little, 9 little bubbles
10 little bubbles go pop, pop, pop.

Action Song: Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)
(count up from 1-5)
…They all fell in!
Source: Jbrary

Movement: Rain, Sun and Snow (with ASL signs for rain, sun and snow)
Rain is coming down. Splash! (slap knees)
Rain is coming down. Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter rain is coming down. Splash!

Sun is peeking out. Peekaboo!
Sun is peeking out. Peekaboo!
Peeking here, peeking there, sun is peeking out. Peekaboo!

Snow is falling down. Shhh!
Snow is falling down. Shhh!
Falling here, falling there, Snow is falling down. Shhh!

Closing Chant: Bread and Butter, Marmalade and Jam
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Toddler Activity: painting with dot markers and painting with sponge letters

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