Bath Time Fun

If you’re looking for ways to jazz up bath time this winter, here are a couple of super fun ideas. (Besides, it’s a great time to spend more time in the bathtub, since there aren’t many opportunities to go swimming this time of year!)

Bath Paints

What you need:

  • muffin tin
  • shaving cream
  • food coloring
  • paint brush

What you do:

  1. Squirt the shaving cream into each muffin hole.
  2. Put a couple of drops of food coloring on to each mound of shaving cream. Stir well.
  3. Go to town painting the bathtub walls (and yourself)! (Check out Having Fun at Home‘s page for pictures of some sweet kiddos having a grand time!)

 

Glow-in-the-dark Bath time

Another really fun idea is to pick up some glow sticks next time you are in the dollar section in Target or at Michael’s. Break the glow sticks, toss into the water, and turn out the lights! It’ll be a whole new experience to get to bathe with the lights off. Check out Play at Home Moms for some other creative ideas/activities to do with your glow sticks. (PS: Don’t forget to toss them in the freezer after you’re finished playing – it helps them last just a little bit longer!)

 

Big thanks to both Having Fun at Home and Play at Home Moms for their creative ideas!

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Fastening a belt

What you need:

  • detergent bottle
  • scissors
  • black tape, electrical (optional)

What you do:

  1. Make a round cut around a large bottle.
  2. Trim to make the round shape shown in the picture with the blue round piece.
  3. Cut two slits for insertion.
  4. Trim the inserting end so that the part inserted is a bit more narrow than the rest. (This will make it easier to see which part gets inserted.)
  5. Add black contact paper or electrical tape to create color contrast. (Optional)
  6. Insert the narrow end from the bottom up through the first slit and then down into the second one. Voila!

This idea helps teach the basic skills needed for closing a belt. Once this skill is mastered, then adding in the buckle is the next step.

Because it is easier to take the “belt” apart, consider teaching this skill first by making a couple of “belts” already linked together and ask the child to take them apart.

I’m going to be trying this soon with one of my students, so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

Big thanks to The Recycling OT for the original idea.

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