Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt

            After a day getting dirty, a little girl enjoys her bath with a mound full of bubbles and rhyming verse.


  •             2-3 12 oz.clear soda/water bottles
  •             Food coloring
  •             Baby oil
  •             Bubbles and several wands (make wands out of pipe cleaners if               none are available)
  •             Bubblewrap, several pieces about a foot long
  •             Things that help keep our bodies clean
  •             Several dish towels or small bath towels


  •             Sphere (a round solid circle shape like a ball or a globe)

Before Reading the Story

           Talk to the children about the importance of keeping our bodies clean.  Why do you think it is important to keep your hands and face clean ?(to look pretty, to keep the germs away), to keep your hair clean? (so you don’t get those itchy bugs), to keep your teeth clean? (so we don’t get cavities and our teeth won’t fall out).  Hold up the pictures of the things that help keep your body clean one at a time.  Ask the children to name the item and pantomime how to use it.

Physical Health & Development/Health Statu & Practices; shows growing independence in hygiene, nutrition, and personal care when eating, dressing, washing hands, brushing teeth, and toileting.  AND Science/Scientific Knowledge;shows increased awareness and beginning understanding of changes in materials and cause-effect relationships. 

Reading the Story

            Practice reading so that you get the rhythm of the verse to flow like a poem.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; demonstrates increasing ability to attend to and understand conversations, stories, songs, and poems.

After Reading the Story

            Put out all the pictures of items that help keep your body clean where the children can all see them.  Cover them with a towel and take on item away.  Ask the children if they can name which item is missing and then pantomime how it is used.

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; chooses to participate in an increasing variety of tasks and activities.  AND Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and respect for their bodies and the  environment.


            Make bubble bottles to put into the center.  Fill a clear 12 oz. soda/water bottle ½ full of water. Add food coloring of choice.  Now fill the rest of the bottle with baby oil and seal the lid closed with tape.  Show the children how to shake the bottle and observe what happens when all the ingredients mix together.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to uses senses and a variety of tool sand simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Music and Movement

            Have the children get into pairs and hold hands. Tell them that they are a little bubble and encourage them to float around the room without bumping into furniture. Give them a moment to float as a pair and then have groups of children softly bump into each other and make a bigger bubble.  Continue until everyone is part of a giant bubble and then say 1,2,3, POP!  And everyone fall down.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

            Play Slippery Soap which is like Simon Says but instead say Slippery Soap says wash your knee, Slippery Soap says wash your forehead, etc.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

           Cd’s with bath time songs such as Rubber Duckie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDy4PZPMDwU or I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Moz_FSkRwto dance to.

Creative Arts/ movement; expresses through movement and dancing what is felt and heard in various tempos and styles.


            Tell the children that a car wash is like taking a bath for a car.  See if the children can build a car wash.  Make a sign and suggest to them that the car needs to go in the front and out the back (building tunnels).  Can they line the cars up first, second, last?  

Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; builds an increasing understanding of directionality, order, and positions of objects, and words such as up, down, over, under, top, bottom, inside, outside, in front, behind.


            Let the children paint the sheets of bubble wrap using tempera paints in any color design they choose.  After they have finished painting, take a sheet of paper and carefully lay it down on top of the bubble wrap and gently pat the paper. Pull the paper up and you have a bubble design transfer.  Wipe down the bubble wrap and begin again.

Creative Arts/Art; gains ability in using different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation.

Sand and Water

            Add bubbles to the water today and let the children bath the dolls.  Make sure to include towels so they can dry the dolls and then dress them into warm jammies.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; shows growing independence in hygiene, nutrition, and personal care when eating, dressing, washing hands, brushing teeth, and toileting.  

Library and Writing

           Cut out 2-inch circles from white paper.  Encourage the children to practice writing the letter B on each circle/bubble and then name a B word that you can write on the edge of their circle/bubble.  Let them glue all their bubbles onto a piece of colored paper to make a bunch of bubbles. Older children can out their own circles that they have traced onto the paper.

Literacy/Phonological Awareness; shows growing awareness of beginning and ending sounds of words. AND Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills;develops dexterity, strength, and control needed to use tools such as scissors, paper punch, stapler, and hammer.

Dramatic play

           Bring in a box large enough for the children to sit in. Add a towel or two, some water toys, and a back scrub brush.  The children can pretend to take a bath.

Creative Arts/Dramatic Play; participates in a variety of dramatic play activities that become more extended and complex. 

Math and Manipulatives

            Play a shape game with the children.  Make sure they can identify a circle shape and then teach them the word sphere.  Ask the children to look about the classroom or in magazines for circles and spheres. Note that the bottom of a cup is a circle but the plastic tomato looks kind of like a sphere.

Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; begins to recognize, describe, compare, and name common shapes, their parts and attributes.

Outdoor play

            Bring bubbles and bubble wands outside.  Let the children try to pop the bubbles as they float by.  Can you tell which way the wind is blowing by watching where the bubbles float? Have all the children stand behind you  Blow a bunch of bubbles and then the children can run out and try to pop them before they hit the ground.  Give the children wands and see if they can catch a bubble on their wand.  Let the children practice blowing bubbles.  Who can blow the biggest bubble, who can blow the most bubbles at one time?  Try to hold a bubble with dry hands then try to hold a bubble with wet hands, what happens?

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins  to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations.


Put up a graph that shows those who take showers/those who take baths.  Have the children come up and write their name on the graph as to which they take at home, a bath or a shower.

Literacy/Early Writing; progresses from using scribbles, shapes, or pictures to represent ideas, to using letter-like symbols, to copying or writing familiar words such as their name.  Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasing complex and varied vocabulary.



About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.