Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Big Red Bath

Big Red Bath

by Mark Warner
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Ben and Bella are having such a lovely, splashy time in the big red bath that soon everyone wants to join in the fun! But will there be room for all the animals… even Hippopotamus?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Make a list of synonyms for Big.
  • Make a list of names for colours other than red.
  • Choose two adjectives and a noun and use these as the title for your own story, e.g. Tiny Green Tortoise, Ferocious Brown Bear.
  • Make a new page for the story in which a new animal wants to get in the bath too.
    Splish, splash and splosh are examples of onomatopoeia. Can you think of any others?
  • Before the animals get into the bath, Ben and Bella hear them making noises outside. Can you think of words to describe different sounds that animals make?
  • Make a list of the water-related words in the story. Could you use them to make your own water story?
  • Could you act out the story?
  • Sort out the words in the story into groups of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Which group has the most words in it? Why?
  • Look at the use of punctuation in the story. Can you find any exclamation marks? Why has the author used ellipses at different points?
  • Imagine that you are Ben or Bella. How will you explain what happened?
  • Can you find any words that you are unfamiliar with and work out what they mean?
  • There are other books in this series (including Big Yellow Digger and Big Blue Train). Could you read them and try to make up your own alternative?


  • Use the Big Red Bath as the starting point for discussions about capacity. How much liquid could the bath hold? How many cups of water would this be? How many buckets of water?


  • Choose one of the animals that got into the bath and find out about them. Could you write an information report about them?
  • Investigate what happens to a container of liquid when you put objects into it. How does it affect the water level?
  • There are lots of bubbles in the Big Red Bath. How are bubbles made? Could you have a bubble-blowing competition?


  • Use art software to add some animals to the bath image (see Resources below).

Design Technology

  • Make a model of the Big Red Bath and retell the story using toys / models of the children and animals.
  • Design a bath that really could fly into space.


  • Use the bath template and draw some animals jumping into it! (see Resources below)
  • Mix some bubble solution with paint. Blow the bubbles so that they burst onto a piece of plain paper to make your own bubble art!


Bath Template

Bath Template (PDF)

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Bath Template

Bath Template (PNG)

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