Story Time Starter — Splish Splash!

July 28, 2014

Oh the joys of playing in water! Whether it is in the bathtub, swimming pool, pond, lake or even a puddle, children love to play in and explore water.  Our Story Time Starter for this month is Splish Splash!  We have gathered some great ideas for stories, songs, activities and crafts related to water.

Bath time stories are always a favorite including The Lady With the Alligator Purse, Harry the Dirty Dog, and the Newberry Honor classic, King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub! 


We have many great stories about the ocean, a few include Hello Ocean, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, and All You Need for a Beach.

And the ever popular book I’m Still Here in the Bathtub is filled with great rhymes and songs about the joys of taking a bath!

Other fun books about rain, bubbles, swimming and fishing can be shared. The opportunities for water fun are endless. The bath tub is a great source of fun, of course! The kitchen sink with pouring and stirring utensils provides fun and many learning opportunities.


Allow your child to help wash the dishes. Or the vegetables for supper. Watering the garden or flowers with the hose or a bucket is also a fun way for children to learn about growing things and the water cycle.

Here are a few fun rhymes and songs to sing while washing the dishes, playing in the bathtub or anytime at all!

Bubble Bath
Bubbly, bubbly bubble bath, (wiggle all ten fingers)
Filled to the top, (raise fingers over head)
Listen to the bubbly bubbles, (cup hand to ear)
Pop! Pop! Pop!

Water Song
(sung to "The Wheels On The Bus")
Water is wet and it pours like this, pours like this, pours like
this. Water is wet, and it pours like this, See how it goes.

Water Cycle
(Sung to "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain")
Water travels in a cycle, yes it does (use pointer finger to make big circle)
Water travels in a cycle, yes it does. (repeat finger circle)
It goes up as evaporation (moves hands up to the sky
Forms clouds as condensation. (make a cloud overhead with arms)
The comes down as precipitation, yes it does!. (sprinkle with fingers while bringing arms down in front of you)

The Water Goes Drip - Drip
(sung to "The Farmer In The Dell")
The water goes drip - drop, The water goes drip - drop,
Drip drop, how it does plop, The water goes drip drop.
The water goes splish splash. The water goes splish splash.
Splish splash, how it does dash. The water goes splish splash.

Water, Water by Jean Warren
Water, water everywhere (stretch out arms at sides)
on my face and on my hair (point to face, then hair)
On my fingers, on my toes (point to fingers, then toes)
water, water on my nose! (point to nose)

We’ve compiled a great booklist of books in our library about water. 

Here are many great ideas for water play and activities.

What does it mean when something absorbs water or another liquid?

Or when something dissolves in water?

If you want to try a few fun crafts at home, maybe Ice Painting. Or Watercolor Salt Paintings. Coffee Filter Butterflies and flowers are always fun.


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