Bath time is for play in my family. My kids play cars and trucks, barbies and mermaids, and color and draw. We have a ridiculous amount of bath toys and a ridiculous amount of fun. I recently started trying to direct some of the games in a slightly more educational direction. Luckily, no one seems to notice they are learning while playing. Here are just a couple of easy ideas:
- Start using measurement terminology when your young child is in the bath. Let them play with measuring cups and measuring spoons and experiment with how many teaspoons fit into a quarter of a cup. Let them figure out the different variations of smaller cups that can be combined to make a full cup. Talk through all of the options.
- Purchase bathtub crayons and a plastic ruler. Measure the bathtub, the washcloth, the spout. Let your child write the measurements down. Then, ask your child to mark off an inch, six inches, a foot. Flip the ruler over and try it with centimeters.
- Use crayons to write down math problems. Practice whatever it is they are doing in school. Alternatively, you could write problems on the tub or shower wall before they get in and have them complete them all before washing their hair!
- Tell time. Using bathtub crayons draw clocks with simple instructions. At 7:15, wash your hair. At 7:20 condition your hair. At 7:30 sing Jingle Bells. Add in fun activities and required actions.
- Throw some plastic balls into the bath and practice word problems. “If you have five plastic balls and I have three, how many do we have together?”