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Bath Book with Objects

This book is designed for young children to use with their bathtime routine.

This book is designed for young children to use with their bathtime routine.  It’s waterproof and is made to get wet!  

The pages can be used to let the child know what will happen within the bathtime routine (e.g. wash face, brush hair, brush teeth).  This can be used to prepare the child ahead of time, so that they will know what to anticipate.  It can be used during the actual bath routine, so that the adult says, for example, “Let’s turn the page and see what’s next.  Oh, there’s the washcloth!  Let’s wash your face.”  The book can also be read afterwards to talk about bath time and review the routine.

To Make the Book

Real items associated with bathtime are attached to plastic mesh grid pages using a pipecleaner and held together with a simple metal ring.  This makes it easy to add or remove pages.

The child’s name can be written on the cover using brightly colored yarn.

Materials

  • Plastic mesh pages, such as those sold at craft stores for cross stitch or through other suppliers
  • Metal book rings
  • Pipe cleaners to attach items to pages
  • Bathtime objects, such as a washcloth, bar of soap, bath toy or rubber duck, brush, comb, toothbrush
Washcloth in bath book
Washcloth in bath book
Rubber duck in bath book
Rubber duck in bath book
Hairbrush in bath book
Hairbrush in bath book
Comb in bath book
Comb in bath book
Toothbrush in bath book
Toothbrush in bath book
Collage of bath books with objects
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