Bath Time Fun for Babies and Children-
By: Brooke Ditlow
Bath time is a wonderful opportunity to bond and play with your little ones. Whether your use bath time as a time to calm down and start getting ready for bed, or in the morning to play and get ready for the day, it is great face to face interaction time that you and your child will cherish. Below you will find some fun activities and songs to make the most of your time in the tub.
Tub Time Tips-
Use products that are made specifically for your baby or child’s delicate skin and sensitive eyes. basq’s “Love Cleansing Soap” is the perfect product for a beautiful bath time experience. Treat your baby or child to basq’s “Touch Lavender Butter”, “Dream Lavender Sleep Mist” and “Share Lavender Calming Oil”. The aromatherapy will help prepare your little one for bed by helping him/her relax. The great smells will trigger happy thoughts and in the future happy memories of bonding between parent and child that occur during bath time.
Puppet show- Even the really little guys will appreciate watching your creative side come out through a puppet show. Using regular puppets or those specifically made for the tub, the bath tub edge makes a perfect puppet theater. What child, (and grown up) doesn’t enjoy watching and putting on a good puppet show. You can also take this opportunity to act out your children’s favorite stories with the puppets. Seeing a favorite story in a new context is great for your child’s pre-reading skills.
Pour me some fun!- Kids love to pour. The tub is the perfect place to work on his/her pouring skills. Grab your measuring cups, or clean out some containers from your recycle bin to give your children the opportunity to pour. Not only will your child be developing his motor skills, but older children will start to see how many 1/3 cup measuring cups it takes to fill a 1 cup measuring cup. It is a fun way to start working on pre-math skills.
Change the bathtub color- When you have an activity that you do as often as bathing, it is fun to change up the routine to make it more fun and exciting. It thrills children to see their bath water in a new color. There are special products that are made to change bathtub water. They usually come in tablet form, are non toxic and gentle on skin. For an older child, it is great to tie this activity into a lesson on how to blend two colors to make another color.
Glow in the dark- This activity requires close supervision. I have used left over glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces in the tub to create an awesome glow in the dark bath time. I bend the glow in the dark sticks until they start to glow, and then throw a few in the tub. I turn out the lights, and then invite the kids in to see their fun glowing tub.
Crazy hair and beards- What child doesn’t love sticking his/her hair up in a crazy hairdo or making a bubble mustache? Add a new dynamic to this dress up fun but hanging a shatterproof mirror in the tub. Kids love to checkout their new dos and shower mirrors are fairly easy to find and inexpensive. This is a great activity to develop those dramatic and pretend play skills.
Art- There are a variety of products on the market to bring out the Picasso in your little one. I have tested the crayons, markers and paints that are made for the tub. My kids have loved them all and they have been fairly easy to clean up after the fun.
“Rubber Ducky” from Sesame Street and “Splish Splash I was taking a Bath” naturally come to mind to sing during a bath.
Three men in a tub
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
And they all sailed out to see.