Many children will put up quite the fight at bath time. Toddlers-preschool aged children in particular frequently lose interest in bathing and would rather have more playtime instead. Unfortunately bathing it not exactly an optional activity, especially with small children who are often prone to get pretty messy. Fortunately, kids at this age are easy to motivate with toys and the promise of fun with their mom or dad. Here are some of the best bath accessories to help get your kids in to – and out of – the bathtub:
1. Foam letters:
Foam bathtub letters can mean big fun for little kids and will also allow savvy parents to sneak in some learning at the same time. Play word games with your children by putting up a couple of letter like “at” and asking them to form words by adding characters. Kids love rhymes and silly stories so have fun and get creative with your word games.
2. Arts and crafts:
Art projects are plenty of fun and kids at this age tend to adore them but they can get quite messy and often require a large amount of cleanup. Skip the mess and the cleanup by bringing your artistic expression into the bathtub instead. Watercolor paints can be used freely on bath walls and bathtub surfaces and will easily wash right off. There are also soap-based products designed specifically for bathtub use which will also be easily washed away.
If you have a real budding artist on your hands, try out some sculpture as well by providing plastic plates and knives and letting them play with shaving cream. Always be sure to supervise carefully to ensure that they do not eat their sculptures while they are playing.
A bubble bath is always fun but those are not the only kind of bubbles that can spice up your child’s bath time. Bring some bubble solution and a wand into the bathroom and blow some bubbles for your child to catch while they are playing in the tub. Make a game of it and your child is sure to look forward to bath time in the future.
5. Get cozy:
Bathtub fun is important but getting them back out of the tub can also be a challenge, especially if you are too successful in making bath time seem like fun. Cute hooded towels can help your little ones can dry and happy following their bath. Made from 100% cotton these adorably plush towels come in a huge variety of animals and characters such as zebras, lions, and elephants.
Whichever method works for you, be sure to change it up occasionally to keep them interested. Most children are easily bored by the same old toys and will quickly go back to their usual resistance if you do not continue to stimulate them with interesting activities and toys, sometimes a toilet paper caddy would work. Do not overload them with new toys all at once or they will all lose their effectiveness more quickly. Introduce activities one at a time and then put them into storage for a short time to keep their interest piqued.
Mark Clair is a 46 year old interior designer, decorator and planner. He is a prolific writer and enjoys putting his thoughts into words on pretty much anything around that evokes an interest in him. Happily married and the father of a new born girl, Mark is now exploring the many little joys and challenges of parenthood. For more information, follow him on twitter.