Making Bath Time More Fun
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I have a daughter who needs to be coerced to take a bath, but once she gets in, she never wants to leave. Every bath needs to be treated like a spa day, and I try to do my best. Whether you have a little boy or a little girl, bath time can be fun! Here are 5 easy things that you can do to make your child’s bath time more fun!
Ok, we all know that kids like bubbles in their bath, (except my 4 year old daughter, she’s crazy, even I love them) but how about blowing bubbles in their bath? My kids have always loved blowing bubbles in their bath. Not only are bubbles cheap, but you can also make them yourself with a few ingredients.
1 cup water
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid (like the blue Dawn)
2 Tablespoons glycerin (or corn syrup, if you don’t have glycerin)
Mix in a small bowl, and use! Your little ones can help make this with you. I love letting kids create in the kitchen! It can help hone their fine motor skills, as well as teaching them basic math skills. Kids love to mix and pour. Adding a few drops of food coloring is optional, but letting your little one customize their own creation makes it even that much more special.
Now don’t go overboard, but putting several drops of food coloring into their bath is so much fun! Plus, you can teach them about color mixing! They can put in red and blue to make purple water, yellow and red to make orange, or yellow and blue to make green! No matter what color they choose, your kids will love choosing their own bath water color!
Store bought bath paint can be really inexpensive. At Amazon, there is a great variety pack. However, you can make it yourself for pennies. Even better, you can have your little one help with this recipe too. Basically you take a gentle soap, such as baby shampoo, add a little cornstarch until it is desired thickness, and then add food coloring to desired color. I mix a little bit into little containers or ice cube trays for a variety of colors.
My daughter absolutely loves rose petals in her bath. In fact, my son liked them too when he was little (don’t tell him now, he will deny it). If you have a rose bush in your yard, this one is easy. If not, I don’t suggest spending $20 or more on roses for a toddler’s bath. However, we regularly buy $5-$10 bouquets at our neighborhood Farmer’s Market, and once in awhile I will use some of the petals from the roses in my little girl’s bathtub. This isn’t an everyday thing, but definitely a special treat for her.
I stock up on shaving cream when it goes on sale. Everyone in our household has some use for it. Not only are there 5 people who shave in our household, but the little ones have fun with it too. They can play with it on a play table, or in the bath. Just spray some on the edge of the bathtub and they can play smear it, paint with it, clean their bodies with it, etc.
Are there any things that you do to make your kid’s bath more fun? Leave a comment below! If I add your idea to this post, I will add your name and blog link, if you have one, to this post.