Bath time in many households can be a struggle with many babies and young children not enjoying the water. The good news is, there’s many simple games and activities you can do to turn this into a fun part of the day. At Inner Bath, we are the bath tub experts! We specialise in bath repairs, resurfacing and bath inserts Australia wide from Townsville to Tasmania. Bath time doesn’t have to be a chore, as long as it’s safe, you should encourage any bath activities that make bath time a fun experience for your child. Here are some fun ideas for bath games and activities for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers that are creative, easy and educational.
- Give babies a small net to fish out marine toys, such as fish, starfish, sharks and whales. Not only will this teach your child about different marine life it will help with their hand-eye coordination.
- Squeeze in the bubble bath. Bubbles always delight children of all ages and there are many games that can be created out of blowing them, bursting them and making beards and funny shapes.
- Teach your little one about body parts as they wash and sing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, getting them to point out each body part as you sing.
- Make ice cubes with added food colours and then drop them into a warm bath. This is a great way to teach children about colour and add some fun.
- Buy some cheap wind-up toy boats and race them down the bath. See the delight in your child’s face as their boat wins.
- Grab some plastic cups or containers of different sizes, as well as a sieve and a funnel so your child can have fun pouring water between the different vessels.
- Bath crayons are a great way to entertain toddlers and pre-schoolers. Get them to draw a picture of what they did that day or practice writing their name. Designed to easily wipe off, these often have kid-friendly scents like strawberry and watermelon too – just make sure your child understands they’re not for eating!
- Give your child some goggles and get them to pretend they are swimmer or a diver searching for treasure under the sea.
- Ball games that involve basic throwing and catching skills are good for bath time too and a great way to improve hand-eye coordination. You can buy a mini basketball ring from a variety store and stick it against the bathroom tiles to create a mini basketball game. You could also put a small volleyball net across the bath tub to play with a light sponge ball.
- Puppet shows always delight so make a hand puppet using a washcloth over your hand and have the puppet talk to your child in a funny voice.
- Use foaming shampoo or shaving gel to sculpt your child’s hair into different shapes. Let them peek in a handheld mirror to see how funny they look.
- Teach kids about sinking and floating by throwing some plastic toys in the bathtub to see which toys float. You can also have your child play “lifeguard” to rescue the toys that sink.
- Punch holes in the bottom of an empty container. Have your child fill it with bath water to make it “rain” in the tub.
If your little one doesn’t enjoy the bath, bath time can be a challenge. Bath games are an effective way to make this time a fun, positive and even educational experience.
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