Taking a bath is often a child's favorite activity, but it doesn't always bring happiness to all kids. Whether your child finds bath time a friend or foe, finding some fun bathtub game and learning activities makes the time even more interesting.
Here are some learning activities that your toddler might love!
Bath Tub Games and Learning Activities
1. Shaving Cream Paint
The awesome thing about bathtime is that the cleanup process is already right there! You don't need to do anything but spray it away.
Shaving cream is the perfect medium for any learning activity. You can write words, the letters, or numbers in shaving cream that you spread over the bathtub work.
2. Try Washable Paint Crayons
Instead of shaving cream, you can try washable paint crayons. Take a look at the merka Bath Books Learning Set, which includes four bath books and 4 washable bath crayons markers.
You can read the books together in the bathtub, then draw matching pictures or write the words from the story on the sides of the tub.
3. Foam Letters
You can purchase a set of foam letters that stick to the side of the tub. Use these to teach your child the alphabet and spell out words. Kids love to spell their name or their siblings' and family members' names. Use the letters to spell out simple words, like cat, dog, and frog.
4. Make Colored Ice
Here is a simple science experiment that you can try with your child. Make colored ice cubes ahead of time by adding several drops of food coloring to each ice cube tray.
When it's time for your child to have a bath, your child can plop one or two of the ice cubes in the hot water and watch the ice melt. As it melts, the color spreads throughout the tub.
It seems so simple, but it shows how water transitions through different states.
5. Buoyancy Tests
For your older toddler or preschooler, a simple, yet educational, activity is to conduct a buoyancy test. Have your child pick out 10 items that you can put in the bathtub with him.
Before he climbs into the bath, have him separate the items into two groups - a group he thinks will sink and a group that he thinks will float. Coming up with a hypothesis is an important step in scientific experiments!
Then, let him test out each item and see what floats and what doesn't. Create separate piles after each item is tested to see which items floated and which ones sunk.