Bathtime and Bubbles

Here’s an updated ‘Bathtime and Bubbles’ storytime plan for you.  I can’t believe that I first posted this theme four years ago…wow.  I’ve included some new books that I love for storytime, as well as an updated flannel for Who’s in the Tub, aaannd I made you a new Elephants in the Bathtub printable!

OPENING SONG Can’t Wait to Celebrate
from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem album


A small bubble (make a circle with your hands)
A medium sized bubble (make a larger circle with your hands)
A great big bubble I see (make a large circle with your arms)
Now let’s count them, are you ready?
1 –2 – 3  (make 3 circles again)
POP!  (clap hands loudly once)

BOOK 1 Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator
A sweet, rhyming story suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.  Little bunny is always getting dirty, but Mama is always there to help little bunny hop in the bath and …..rub-a-dub-dub…get all clean again.

time for a bath

POEM/SONG – Take Me Out of the Bathtub by Alan Katz
Tune: Take me out to the Ballgame

Take me out of the bathtub
Take me out of the suds
I’ve been here soaking since half past two
I feel so sudsy and wrinkle-y, too
Oh, I washed all over my body
My head, my toes, in between
I used one, two, three bars of soap
Take me out….I’m clean!

FLANNEL RHYME Five Elephants in the Bathtub

Five 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)

Repeat up to ‘Five’

Five elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in! (Knock everything off the flannel board!)

BathtubClick Here for PrintablePrint on 8.5″ x 14″ paper

Elephants in the tubClick Here for PrintablePrint on 8.5″ x 11″ paper

BOOK 2/FLANNEL – Who’s in the Tub? by Sylvie Jones
Who hasn’t pretended that the toys in the bathtub come to life?  With each turn of the page, a new animal joins Willy John Jones in the tub.

I used the flannel board to help tell the story, and then afterwards I used it to play a memory game with the kids.  Put all of the characters on the board, have everyone close their eyes – no peeking! – and remove one piece.  Then ask: “Who is missing?”

Who's in the TubClick the link below for a scan of my flannel pieces that you can use as a template.  You can reuse the bathtub from ‘Elephants in the Bathtub’ for this one too!

Who’s in the Tub Flannel Board (pdf)

ACTION SONG –  Washing
Tune: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Wash your head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Wash your head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose –
Wash your head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

BOOK 3 – Get Out of My Bath! by Nosy Crow
A book about Ellie the Elephant who loves to take baths! I love that the book has readers get involved by tilting the book from side to side to make waves or shaking the book.  A fun read-aloud.

Get Out of My Bath! by Nosy Crow

ACTIVITY – Blow Bubbles!
Go outside if you can – or stay in – and let children blow bubbles.  If you have a bubble machine, you could also turn that on and let the kids play!

It’s fun to play some bubble music during this activity.  I like:

CRAFT – Bubble Wrap Painting
….because everyone loves bubble wrap!

Bubble Wrap Painting

I pre-made some bubble mitts (out of bubble wrap) for the kids to wear on their hands.  You can find instructions for making them on Teach Preschool.

Then I put out sheets of wax paper with blue paint on them.  The kids could dip their bubble mitts into the paint and smear it around.  Then they pressed their mitts down onto the pre-printed bathtubs to make bath bubbles!

Bathtub Bubble PaintingClick Here for PrintableClick to Download Bathtub (pdf)

I had some rubber duckies already printed on yellow paper that the kids could glue on when they were finished.  I used this rubber duck coloring page from


Bubble Bath Pirates by John Krosoczka


BooBoo by Olivier Dunrea
This little blue gosling likes to eat everything.  Until one day, she eats a soap bubble and can’t seem to stop burping up bubbles! Just adorable.

Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau
Those little bears are just so cute! Perfect for toddlers.

Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman
This is a fun, energetic, messy rhyming story that is perfect for reading aloud.  How many animals can possibly fit in that bathtub with Stan and Stella?  I think this story accompanies the ‘Elephants in the Bathtub’ rhyme & flannel nicely!

Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A great non-fiction read-aloud all about bubbles, accompanied by bright, diverse photographs.

Do Fish Drink? First Questions and Answers about Water by Jacqueline Ball
The first few pages of this book (specifically pages 5-7) relate to baths and bubbles.


8 thoughts on “Bathtime and Bubbles

  1. Hi girls! I’m doing a post on Take Me Out Of The Bathtub, and loved you image. I’ve linked back to your Bathtime & Bubbles post, and your About page. You have so many great books and activities here! Thanks so much!


    • Aw, thanks for linking to us! Take Me Out of the Bathtub is hilarious 🙂 I popped over to your page and can’t wait to use some of your fun ideas as well!


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