Adaptable for ages 18 months to 6 years
Activity 1: Read Online Story: I Will Not Take a Bath
Read the online story I
Will Not Take a Bath (Adope Player player required). This is a good opportunity to help young children to practice using
the computer mouse. They can help by clicking on the arrow to
move to the next "page".
Children of all ages will be able to feel a connection with this
story and will enjoy recognizing the images of some of their own
favorite bath toys. This story leads us to open the door
to discuss bath time and hygiene in a fun way.
Activity 2: Discuss Bath time and Hygiene
All children at some point in time will refuse to take a bath. This cute story illustrates in a fun way how this happens and how
creative our children can be to find an excuse not to, in this case
the tub is too full with toys. This is a good opportunity to
discuss in a casual and fun way why bath time is important and a
healthy routine, what is the right way to take a bath, and how much
fun we can have taking a bath.
When children go through this type of activity and understand the
reasons and importance of bath time it helps to alleviate the
"I will not take a bath" episodes. I stress the word
alleviate because it will happen particularly when children
are entertained in other activities or are very
Here are a few suggestions for discussion. Adjust the
questions to the ages of the children and add other questions you
feel are relevant and have answers ready according to your bath
routine and customs:
- Why do we take a bath?
- Why is it important to take a bath daily/regularly?
- Why do we use soap, water, bath sponge, etc.?
- How can we have fun after we take a bath (after cleaning our
body)? Here you can discuss playing with bath toys.
Children can express how they have fun pretending they are at the
beach, or sailing on a boat, or swimming with a whale, pretending to
be ocean creatures, or sailors, etc.
- Discuss in simple terms the importance of water as a
resource. We must conserve water. Related topics:
The water cycle and water
Activity 3: How to take a bath and practice the names of
the parts of the body.
Visit this online activity > It is Bath time (Adobe Flash Player required)
In this activity it is a good idea to use a doll that is appropriate
for bathing, to have some soap or bath gel, bathing sponge and a
small plastic container with water (or use the kitchen or bathroom
sink if doing the activity with one child). With these
items the children can actually practice bathing the doll and
practice the names to different body parts. This activity can
also take place during bath time.
How to wash our body: Discuss how and in what order
we clean our body parts. Is important to establish a routine
that children can remember. For example what do we wash/clean
first, second, third: our hair, our face, behind the ears, the
neck, shoulders, back, chest, etc.
Activity 4: Soap Craft
Here is a cute and easy paper craft of a soap. This is
Slippery Soap, a character in the Blue's Clues preschool TV show. This is an
opportunity to discuss how soap helps clean our bodies. Using
bar soap or gel is also important to wash our hands frequently
particularly before handling food at meal times.
Practice alphabet letter S is for Soap and write the word S
on the craft.
For a sensory experience, rub some soap against the back of the
assembled craft. Tie a string and hang in the bathroom to
remind children to wash their hands and that bath time is fun.
Other ideas for further activities on a different days:
On different days using the same online story you can develop a
similar activity of what happens after the bath. This can
include how we, brush our teeth, dry our body, dress ourselves.
Again you can illustrate this with a doll or after bath
time on a regular basis.