Make Bath Time Fun!
When it comes to bath time you’re likely on one of two sides: either your child loves the bath and it’s a struggle to get them out, or they despise it and it’s near impossible to get them in. Whichever side your on, these 5 activities are sure to calm the waters and make bath time more fun for both you and your toddler.
1. Homemade Bath Paint
Basic household items can be turned into foamy bath paints for your little Picassos to create soapy artwork on the tub or shower walls. These colorful paints wash off with just a splash of water and can be made in 3 simple steps:
- Grab a cupcake pan and fill each hole with shaving cream
- Put a few drops of food coloring on each shaving cream mound
- Mix together
Kids can paint with paint brushes or with their hands (also a great way for cleaning dirt out from under their tiny fingernails!) This activity is not only fun and easy to execute, but parents also end up with squeaky clean walls, too!
2. Blow Bubbles Underwater
Blowing bubbles and holding your breath underwater seems as if it would be instinctual. As a mom of a 3 year old who still struggles with this skill- despite countless hours of swimming lessons- I can assuredly tell you that it is not. Practice blowing bubbles with your child as early as possible (through their noses, not their mouths) to get them comfortable with this skill. They will have fun learning, while you will gain some reassurance knowing they understand how to breathe (or how not to) underwater! Pro tip: If your child is like mine and struggles with the whole “blowing out from your nose” concept, have them hum underwater, which will automatically blow air from their nose.
3. Bath Toys
Fun toys like the Sea Spinner™ Wind-Up Shark adds some excitement and a playful element to bath time. This floating shark’s small size is perfect for tiny hands to wind up its bottom fin and watch him twirl all around the tub! Try finding toys that are great for both playing and learning, like The Arctic™ Polar Bear. The weighted polar bear floats on his back and your child can toss the colored rings onto its legs, or stack them up on its belly. Having a variety of simple, water-friendly toys available for your toddler to play with during bath time will spark their imagination and experimentation with water!
4. Homemade Bath Bomb
Bath bombs are fizzy, they foam, they spin, and they come in all different shapes and colors! While many have ingredients or fragrances that could potentially irritate your child’s sensitive skin, consider making a Homemade Bath Bomb with 3 simple ingredients (you can even hide a toy inside for a fun surprise!)
5. Colored Bath Water
Drop a few Crayola Color Bath Dropz tablets into the water to make bath time more exciting! Your child will love getting to choose what color water they want with each bath, and they can even experiment with color mixing by dropping in different colored tablets. These Bath Dropz are paraben and phthalate free, non-toxic, and leave no trace of color left behind when the water drains from the tub!