Specific skill focused on: Following basic health and safety rules (hygiene)
Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” (Raffi, Singable Songs for the Very Young)
Book: Take a Bath!: My Tips for Keeping Clean by Gina Bellisario
Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” (Joanie Bartels, Bathtime Magic)
Book: Gorgonzola: A Very Stinkysaurus by Margie Palatini
Song: “Taking a Bath” (Keller Williams, Kids)
Book: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer
Song: “Bad Hair Day” (Dream Jam Band, Leave It in the Soup)
Activity: Gorgonzola Bath picture
For this activity, I found clip art for a bathtub online and made a color copy of Gorgonzola taking a bath from the Palatini book for the kids to cut out. The “bubbles” were just circles I cut out using our die cut machine. I also put out crayons so the kids could color the picture if they wanted.
Thoughts: Each October we team up with our local health department for Child Health Week. The health department provides goody bags filled with items like toothbrushes, band-aids, combs, and informational resources for kids at our storytimes, and here at the library we make sure to present storytimes related in some way to a healthy lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, etc.). So doing a storytime about hygiene this week fit really well. The kids enjoyed talking about how stinky Gorgonzola was before he learned how to take a bath.