Bath time is an excellent time to connect with your child and to enrich and encourage your child’s language development. It is repetitive and familiar, so you can discuss the steps: “First we poor water in the tub, then we take the clothes off, then get into the tub, etc”. Talk about all actions you are doing and ask your child what happens next.
Many parents use bath time to read books and sing songs with their children. Here are some more things you can do to make bath time even more fun. (Think about all the wonderful words you can teach your child while playing):
1. Wash a baby doll. The doll may happen to have dirty hands, nose, tummy, back, toes, etc. You could wash the doll using soap, shampoo, washcloth. Rinse it with water, poor water over the doll, dry with the towel. And now your baby doll has clean toes, fingers, hair, knees, elbows, eyes
2. Play with the wash cloth. Wash it, twist it, watch the water drip, wring it, squeeze it, pull it. Hide your face behind it and play peek-a-boo. Hide the little toys under/inside it. Use it to wash the toys
3. You could poor water in/out of cups and containers of different sizes and colors. The cups will be dry/wet, empty/full, have more/less/some water
4. Toy fish could swim in/out of the cups, splash, jump high/low, in/out of the water, swim up/down, side to side, backwards and forward, fast and slow
5. Other animals could also jump and splash in the water. You could catch them with the net, put them in a toy boat, count, wash, and hide in the soap bubbles.
What games do you play with your child during bath time?