Who doesn’t love some good, clean fun? If bathtime usually has Baby bubbling over with excitement, you can make even more of a splash with her by incorporating some new games that are both exciting and educational. Skip the waterpark and dive into these activities right at home!
- Fishing for numbers and letters: Give those alphabet and number magnets a change of scenery from the kitchen to the bathroom with this fun game. To start, toss an assortment of magnets into the water, then ask Baby to go fishing. Of course, you don’t need an actual fishing rod – her hands will make the perfect tool. As she pulls out each magnet, you can start to get her familiar with her ABCs and 123s by naming what’s in her hand as she pulls it free. This is a fun way to promote learning, as well as to develop her fine motor skills while she grasps each slippery magnet.
- Arts and crafts: Making a masterpiece at home can be downright messy, so why not take it to the bath for an easy cleanup? Bath markers and crayons allow children to color in the tub or on tile walls, and wash clean with soap and water. Let Baby explore her creativity and imagination, and sneak in a little learning, too. Asking her if she’d like to use red or blue, for example, will encourage her communication skills and build her familiarity with colors.
- Washing game: Even just getting cleaned up offers a built-in learning opportunity! As you scrub Baby to get her clean, name each body part out loud to get her familiar with her own body. When she starts to get familiar with this, you can start to ask her to wash her own legs, or scrub the back of her own neck, and then praise her for each correctly identified area. You can get creative with this one by making up fun songs to keep her attention, and expand on it be being more specific as time goes on: left arm, right foot, and more.
Bathtime is a great time to wind down at the end of the day, and to connect with Baby by having some fun. If she already loves the bath, you can expand on her excitement by incorporating games into the routine. For toddlers who are more resistant to water, adding an element of fun to the equation can help her relax and enjoy her time in the tub. Scrub-a-dub-dub!