As most of us mother’s know, toddlers have a very short attention span. When we are doing an activity, it lasts maybe 5 to 10 minutes if we are lucky! There are occasions where my daughter, Zoey, will really be into an activity, but for the most part, she’s constantly on the move. Teaching can be difficult because of this. I have learned to use bath time to my advantage! For one, Zoey enjoys bath time, second, she can’t run off! Here are a number of ways to teach your child during bath time.
1. Use foam letters and numbers to teach the basics. If your child is learning colors, you can also use them for that purpose since they come in assorted colors. If your child is passed these stages, use the letters to learn simple words like “red” or “big.”
2. As I mentioned in a previous post, Crayola has these wonderful Color Bath Dropz that dye the bath water. You can teach primary colors and how to mix them to make secondary colors.
3. Bath animals!!!! Teach animals and the sounds they make. These are one of Zoey’s favorites; Sea animals
4. Practice motor skills. Use different containers or toys for your child to practice pouring water from one container to another. Another way to practice motor skills is by having your child wash their own body or at least try to!
5. Body parts! Bath time is the perfect time to teach each part of the body. As you are washing them, tell them the proper name of each part and have them repeat it and/or point it out if they aren’t talkers yet. If your toddler is washing themselves already, have them tell you what they are washing as they do and help them out when they need it.
6. Use the end of bath time to teach positive behavior and cleaning up. Wherever you keep all the toys after bath time, have your little one help you put them there! Make sure they know that they did a good job and praise them for helping.