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 him 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 – his hands will make the perfect tool. As he pulls out each magnet, you can start to get him familiar with his ABCs and 123s by naming what’s in his hand as he pulls it free. This is a fun way to promote learning, as well as to develop his fine motor skills while he 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 his creativity and imagination, and sneak in a little learning, too. Asking him if he’d like to use red or blue, for example, will encourage his communication skills and build his familiarity with colors.
- Washing game: Even just getting cleaned up offers a built-in learning opportunity! As you scrub Baby to get him clean, name each body part out loud to get his familiar with his own body. When he starts to get familiar with this, you can start to ask him to wash his own legs, or scrub the back of his own neck, and then praise him for each correctly identified area. You can get creative with this one by making up fun songs to keep his 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 he already loves the bath, you can expand on his 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 him relax and enjoy his time in the tub. Scrub-a-dub-dub!