Bath time is one of those periods when an entire household can be thrown into chaos. It’s amazing how much mess and noise a small child or two can make and that’s not even mentioning the splashing and the resultant floods! But bath-time need not mean battle-time if you plan your bathroom and your children’s bath toys well.
It’s a well known fact that kids love water. They’re attracted to it and love to spend time in it, so in order to cut the tears and boost the fun in your home. Look at some of the following ideas for making bath time into fun-time for your children.
Fun Ideas for Bath Time
You don’t need to spend pots of money on the latest all singing all dancing bath toys for your children. There are many cheap and fun ways to provide in-bath entertainment for children without spending a lot of cash.
Help your child to make some simple boats to float in the water; you can use anything from a few corks to old containers, and make a sail for them from drinking straws and paper. Children will love to experiment with their creations. See which ones float the best and work out how to improve the designs. Another good idea – which is especially good for smaller toddlers – is simply to let them “wash” their own baby doll in the bath. Children love to reverse roles and care for their toys.
Collect lots of different containers and let your child play with them in the bath. Kids love squeezy bottles, sieves, plastic tubs and cartons. They can fill them up, empty them out and use them as boats for small dolls.
Making Bath Time a Learning Opportunity
Most homes with small children will have some stick-on letters and numbers. These are a great choice for preschoolers as they allow the child to be creative and to learn at the same time. Help your child to understand the numbers by using them to assist in counting their rubber ducks or spelling out simple words such as “soap” and “water”. Children thrive through play based teaching and this kind of game won’t feel like they’re being taught in the traditional sense.
Make your Bathroom Child-Friendly
There’s not going to be a lot of fun in the bath if your child is constantly being told not to splash so invest in a large, thick bathroom mat or rug to soak up all of those splashes. You can easily hang it up to dry afterwards and it will be ready to go again the next day. Make sure you have an over-bath tray too; these are fabulous for children to keep small toys easily accessible, as well as the soap and the sponge.
Bath time is a time when children get to wind down at the end of their day and a time when you can help them to learn to enjoy water safely. Make the most out of bath time, as the fun times are a short lived phase and will soon be a distant memory!
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