Running out of ideas for things to do with your kids in the evenings? Maybe you’re trying to limit screen time, but now you find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out what to do with your kids every night. Now, we don’t think you have to entertain your children every waking moment of the day; after all, independent play is super important and beneficial for children. But sometimes it’s fun to plan a special activity for your little ones and watch them have a blast.
One of the easiest places to add some pizazz to your everyday routine is bath time. Instead of suffering through bath time, try incorporating one of these fun ideas to make bath time fun! Most of these ideas are simple to execute. Rather than rushing through bath time, your kids will be begging for five more minutes of fun.
Vegetable Soup Bath
After dinner, tell your child it’s time for some vegetable soup. He’ll likely be confused since you already had dinner, or he might even say that he doesn’t want vegetable soup. One thing is for sure…he will be pleasantly surprised when you tell him it’s a new bath time activity! Gather any toy vegetables you have, along with some cooking utensils (e.g., ladle, measuring cup, spoons), and add them to the tub. Your little one will get a kick out of bathing in vegetable soup!
Similar to the vegetable soup bath, this bath brings the kitchen to the bathroom. Fill the tub with supplies from your toy or real kitchen, such as measuring cups, bowls, utensils, and strainers. Let your child’s imagination run wild in their watery kitchen. What will they make for dessert?
Glow Stick Bath
This bath activity is just what it sounds like. Turn the lights out, and turn the glow sticks on! The more glow sticks, the better. Add bubbles for extra fun.
Herbal Discovery Bath
If you happen to grow your own herbs at home, try this bath next! Pick some herbs from your garden, such as basil, rosemary, or mint. (If you don’t have an herb garden, don’t worry. Just pick up some fresh herbs from the grocery store.) Sprinkle them into the tub and let your little one explore. Teach them the names of each herb, smell the difference between them, and notice how they smell stronger when you rub them. Plus, the herbs make the water (and your kids) smell great!
Do you have a little builder at home? Why not bring the blocks to the bathtub! This is a great way to keep the blocks contained…and save your foot from a solo Lego left on the floor.
Looking for more ideas? Check out some more bath time activities. Bath time fun doesn’t have to be complicated. Introducing one new item brings a whole element of surprise and excitement for kids. Try it this week and see what your little one thinks!