1. Bathtub Kitchen
No need to use store bought bath time toys, there are items right in your kitchen that can help with academic, cognitive and physical development while creating a fun bath time environment.
- A whisk, bowl and soap pump help develop wrist and hand strength: Place a pump of soap/bubble bath in the bowl, add a bit of bath water, and your child can whisk to make bubbles. Whisk the whole bath to stir it all up for more adventure.
- A turkey baster to strengthen the control of the hands and fingers.
- Medicine droppers or medicine syringes (no needle) can be used to really challenge the hand strength of the older preschooler.
- An empty soap pump can be filled with bath water and pumped to squirt the water around.
The addition of kitchen instruments can make your child feel like you are a mad scientist.
2. Mini Car Wash
If your child is really into cars, open up a late night car wash. A little music and a lot of toy cars can go a long way. This is a great activity to discuss colors, shapes, and sizes.
3. Picasso in Water
Mix food coloring with shaving cream and you instantly have a washable bath paint that does not stain your child’s skin. (Just 3-4 drops per cup of shaving cream). Grab an empty foam egg carton or ice cube tray to use as a palette. Each cube can be a different color.
This activity can be incorporated with the bath time spinner. Use it to determine which body part your child will paint. For older kids, paint a layer of the “paint” on the shower wall, then your child can use their finger to write words. This is a fun way to practice spelling!
4. Bath Time Spinner
Create a spinner using a plate, metal fastener, and paper arrow.
- Cut out an arrow from paper.
- Punch a hole in the plate and the arrow.
- Fasten them together with the fastener like in the picture.
- Draw different body parts in sections on your plate.
- Spin the arrow, and where it stops, your child can wash the part pictured.
This is a fun game for learning body part names too!
5. Let’s Go Fishing!
With magnet ABC letters, a colored bathtub, and a magnetic fishing pole, your child can go fishing in the bathroom! This educational activity reinforces letter and color association.
How to make a homemade magnetic fishing pole:
- Use a metal hanger or wooden stick (depending on the child’s age).
- Bend or adjust length to your desire.
- Super glue a string to the tip of the hanger/wooden stick.
- Super glue a small refrigerator magnet to the opposite end of the string.
- Color the bathwater with food coloring if desired.
Thank you The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide for all these fun activities. Watch the following video for some extra mom hacks for bathing little ones.