Getting a bath is a very fun time in our house. These days, my son would usually rather shower with his daddy than get in a tub of water, so on the rare chance he does want to take a bath, we maximize the time by making it a fun, educational experience. Read on if you’d like some ideas on how to make bath time more educational for toddlers!
1. Incorporate counting when possible. My son used to hate having his hair rinsed – he would scream from the time the water hit his hair until the moment we were finished. The hubby decided to start counting to 10 while doing the rinsing. Now, the kiddo counts along with him. This helps our son in several ways: provides a new way to enforce numbers, keeps him distracted while doing a task he doesn’t care for, and lets him know when the rinsing will be finished.
2. Have fun with bath crayons. These are special writing utensils that allows your little ones to draw on the tub walls. They rinse off easily when bath time is over. You can use these for letters, shapes, and numbers, just like you would when your child is sitting at the table with paper and their crayon box. Sometimes, doing the same thing in a different setting can be more fun – and coloring while in the tub is one of those things!
3. Add in some reading. Bath books are very water resistant and great for a more educational time in the tub. My son has a picture book with the word below each picture. He has been able to name each item in the book for each month and now we discuss the words and the letters in each word.
4. Call out the body parts. Most toddlers know their body parts by the time they are 2-3 years old, but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce them. Give your little one a cup and direct him/her to “rinse” off each area of the body. This turns bath time into a fun game, and you can also use this to get their help when washing.
How do you make bath time more educational for your little ones?