Baths are fun for most children even if we just stick ’em in the tub and turn on the water. But why not make bath time even more fun and maybe even educational? Below are reasons to add extra baths to your week and ways to make bath time more fun!
Reasons for extra baths:
Arts and Crafts Bath time:
If you are one of those parents that goes bananas at the sight of paint on your dining room table, or on your child’s designer duds then bath time art time is perfect for you! I will give you ideas on how to make art time bath time below.
Fight free Zone:
Many times my 2 boys fight like crazy mostly due to the fact that they are further apart in age and do not have a lot in common. Bath time and water play are things every child loves. Put them in the bath together and watch sibling rivalry turn into sibling play time.
Wind Down Time:
Our children should be getting plenty of exercise and play time that wears them out. Many times though, they still need a little something to help them calm before bedtime. A bath is the perfect way to end a great day of play. Adding a bedtime bath product such as Johnson and Johnson’s Bedtime Bath is a great way to calm them since it is “formulated with NATURALCALM essences – a special blend of soothing aromas”.
Blues Be Gone:
If your child is having a bad day or feels blue about anything, a fun bath can lift his/her spirits. Use some of the ideas below and wear a smile on your face!
Coming in from outside Incentive::
If your children are anything like my boys, they never want to come in from outside in the summer. If you become known for awesome bath times, your children will gladly trade their gym shoes for bubbles.
Simple Bath Add-Ins:
MOON SAND: This handy new half sand half clay concoction is perfect to play with in bath water because the Moon Sand does not absorb the water. Children can build forts and creatures on the tub’s sides. That alone would make any child want a bath!
TUB TINTS: Crayola makes one kind of tub tint that when dropped into bath water, changes it’s color instantly. They have a variety of colors to choose from. Steer clear of homemade bath water tints such as food coloring and kool aid since they have been known to stain bodies and bath tubs.
SHAVING CREAM: Shaving cream is perfectly safe for children to play with as long as you try and keep it out of their eyes. Children love to draw shapes, letters, and pictures on the tub walls and sides. If you want to color the shaving cream, use tub tints or another commercial type of tints as not to stain your children or the bath tub.
LARGE PLAY SETS: Children may be sick of a particular toy set that he or she has played with for a long time but if you make it a bath toy, it takes on a whole new life. If your son plays with Fisher Price Rescue Heroes like mine, take the whole set or several pieces into the bath tub with him. The large vehicles (the ones without sound as the ones with sound will ruin) are the perfect toy to be the center of the bath tub action. Add the men and their backpacks (ones without sound again) and then they are good to go! Girls have similar toys that would be perfect, like My Little Pony toys or Barbie’s that come with plastic vehicles. Children just play differently in the bath tub, I am not sure why,
CONTAINERS:Although this is the cheapest idea, it has to be the most popular among the children that I have watched or birthed…ha. Children love to play in the bath tub with containers of any sort. They love plastic pitchers or funnels from the kitchen, rubber maid containers with lids, old ketchup, mustard and shampoo containers that squirt. Fill a large bag with these containers and have them ready to go for a special bath.
BODY PAINTS: You can purchase these anywhere and are often found at the Dollar Store. Kids love to draw on each other and the walls and sides of the bath tub. They rinse right off with bath water.
PVC PIPES: These are very cheap at home improvement stores and sturdy enough to keep around awhile. Buy a few different shapes and let your children pour water in and out of them. Lots of fun!
PLASTIC LETTERS: You probably have several sets of plastic letters that you try to force your children to play with so that they can learn their letters. Dump em in the bath tub and see how much more they get out of those suckers.
WATER COLORS: Water color paints are very cheap and easy to use in the tub. They are very mild on the skin and do not stain anything. Hand your tiny Picasso a set of watercolors while in the bath and await the masterpiece!
The great thing about a bath is that all children, young and old need them and love them. Have fun with it and throw anything in there that won’t be harmed in water. When we do these extra special things for our children, they remember them forever! Now go have some nice, CLEAN fun!