How does bath time go in your home? My 4 year old prefers the morning shower to a bath and my 22-month old, who’s mostly loved her baths, recently started giving us a hard time about bathing.
Over the last few years my husband and I have come up with all sorts of creative solutions to encouraging our kids to bathe. I wonder if you’ve tried any of these tricks?
- Offer your kids water-resistant dolls with soap and washcloths for “Baby bath time”
- Fill a bath-side bag with toys (rubber ducks, buckets, cups with holes in them, etc.)
- Bubble bath
- Craft foam in the Tub
- Bubbles (for blowing) with bubble wands
- Bathe in the dark with flashlights,/candles/glowsticks
- Bathtub Crayons
This bath time invitation is just a simple Washable Watercolor set.
All you need is a watercolor box and a paintbrush. The box usually come with a brush, so this takes about two seconds to pull together.
Little Rainbow dipped her brush in all the colors, individually and then mixed together. This is a new one for me, and it was so popular with my Rainbow that 4-year old Nutmeg asked if she could jump in too. She usually prefers to shower alone, so I thought this was the best kind of endorsement.
Rainbow painted while her big sister washed the paintings away.
When they was done, the paint box was a mixed up mess, but I just rinsed it out and the colors sprang back to life.
The only trouble I had was with cleaning the paint. All of the colors washed away, except for the black. It came right off the tiles, but left a grey shadow on my white tub. It washed right away with a little bit of Bar Keepers Friend, my favorite porcelain cleaner. But the fun that was had (and the clean bodies that went along with that) was well worth a little elbow grease for me.
More Creative Bathtime Fun
- Crystal at the fun kid-friendly blog, Growing a Jeweled Rose, is the Queen of bath play. She has a whole category named Sensory Baths, that will keep your little ones wet and happy.
- One of my favorite bath activities from Crystal is her glow-in-the-dark outer space bath. OMG — it’s ridiculously cool.
- Crystal has an entire Pin Board called Play in the Bath
- Anna at The Imagination Tree shows us how to make Shaving Cream Bath Paint. Her photos make the paint look like frosting.
- Also inspiring are Anna’s Multi-sensory bath time photos, where she colors the bath water (and reminds us that the color will not stain our kids’ skin).