All about bath time. There are a ton of books on this subject; it was hard to narrow it down to only three!
Get Out of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup
Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson
Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau
Sign of the Week: Each week, I plan to teach 1 or 2 signs that correlate with our theme. Today, we learned the sign for Bath. My go-to site for learning new signs is ASL University.
Introductions: “Let’s All Clap”
We usually start this song while people are trickling in, to learn each others’ names. I demonstrate the song with my own name, then move around in a circle. It is sung to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.”
Let’s all clap ’cause ____ is here, ____ is here, _____ is here!
Let’s all clap ’cause ____ is here, _____ is here today.
Opening Song: “We Wave and Say Hello”
Book 1: Get Out of My Bath! This is a fun book that involves a bit of movement on the reader’s part. The kids seemed to enjoy this one.
Action Song: “The Handwashing Song”
A great, quick action song courtesy of JBrary, sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” This is a fun and effective way to encourage kids to wash up.
Fingerplay: “Open, Shut Them”
Now that our hands were clean, we decided to use them. This is one item I repeat each week, to give our sessions some consistency.
Book 2: Ten Pigs. A fun bath-themed book that includes counting, forward and backward.
Flannel: “Five Sharks in the Bathtub”
Courtesy of Sunflower Storytime, this flannel departs from the more traditional “Five Elephants in the Bathtub.” (Sharks are easier to make! And I need them for another storytime in the spring, so…)
Book 3: Bears in the Bath. Cute and predictable, but the kids liked that Mama Bear got all dirty trying to clean her cubs.
This was a little chaotic, but who doesn’t love bubbles? I had two moms help me blow bubbles around the room, and the kids chased after them. We spent about five minutes doing this, and then broke out the toys.
Wrapping Up: This was my biggest group yet, and it was tough to wrangle them in. I think I’m comfortable with about 20 people in the room, much more than that and it gets wild. All in all though, a fun theme that the kids seemed to enjoy.