Isn’t it funny how the things that come totally naturally to some parents can make another one want to pull out their hair? I don’t know why but I always had a really hard time thinking of daily activity songs to sing with my little ones.
Bathtime was the hardest because I didn’t have my phone and therefore, no internet to save my mommy-crisis. If you’ve got a mental block every time your child looks at you to start singing, never fear, I’m here to help you out with 7 Silly Bathtime Songs!
7 Silly Bathtime Songs
1. Itsy Bitsy Spider
Did you know that this classic children’s song can trace it’s roots back to the early twentieth century where instead of “itsy bitsy,” adults sang of a “blooming, bloody spider?” Kind of intense, huh? As for present day, most parents and kids know the hand signs that accompany the song but doing it in the bath where you can pretend rain is actually falling and have access to a “water spout” means even more fun for everyone!
2. This Is The Way We Take A Bath
Change out the words for “This Is The Way We Brush Our Teeth” with bathtime activities and all of a sudden you have a fun way to check off washing each individual body part. Don’t forget some extra tickles when washing under their arms!
3. If You’re Happy And You Know It
Singing this song while acting out all the movements (clap your hands, stomp your feet while sitting, flap your arms, etc) in the water is a great sensory experience for all children! There’s nothing like music and fun to help a child who may not like water in his face be okay with a little bit of splashing. Of course, don’t push it if your kid is unhappy. Bathtime should be fun!
4. Row Row Row Your Boat
An already fun song is made even better by pretending to be in a boat while in the bathtub! If your kids are a little older, you can even sing it as a round by offsetting the start for each person. Everyone ends up so confused, it’s sure to get some good laughs!
5. I’m A Little Teapot
Sing this classic song the exact same way you would in a classroom but instead have the child hold a small plastic container filled with water in one hand to use when they sing “tip me over and pour me out.” If your child is too young to perform the activity herself, go ahead and pour the “tea” over their head (if they’re willing) or back. It’s a great way to introduce young babies to action words!
6. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
Any song that includes “raining” and “pouring” is a perfect silly bathtime song! Bring a small plastic toy into the bath and have your child pour water over the “old man” as he snores. If they’re comfortable with water running down their face, they could even pretend to be the old man as you wash shampoo out of their hair!
7. Oh I Wish I Was A Little Unicorn
This is my absolute favorite one because you get to make fun unicorn horns with a little bit of shampoo! Sing the following words to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It:”
Oh I wish I were a little unicorn
Oh, I wish I were a little unicorn
I would splish and I would splash
While taking my sweet bath
Oh I wish I were a little unicorn
So Much More
I hope you find this list to be useful when you’re trying to think of fun activities to do in the bath with your kids! The time you share with your child while bathing is absolutely precious and oh-so-fleeting. There are songs to be sung, skills to be learned and most importantly, memories to be made!