Bath time learning
Bath time is a fun time for talking, playing, singing and interacting with your child. It’s free from life’s other distractions and offers uninterrupted opportunities to learn and play. To maximise learning, try these ideas:
Learn new words
Use a bath puppet as a washer and name parts of the body as you wash them. Children need to hear words repeated often to understand and use them. Don’t miss out the less common body parts such as ‘elbow’, ‘cheek’, ‘wrist’ or ‘knee’.
Make some noise!
Use the same puppet to make funny animal noises. Children love to copy sounds and will often make sounds for animals before they learn the animal names. Try as many as you can think up!
- Use a face cloth to play peek-a-boo.
- Rummage your kitchen drawers to add to your bath toy collection: plastic cups, wooden spoons, sieves and containers are great for learning about things that float, make noise and sink. You can also use different sized containers to compare and conduct experiments on size and volume.
- If you have more than one wind up toy, race them down the bath
- Play I-spy
Sing some songs
- Galumph went the little green frog
- Old McDonald had a farm
- Five little ducks
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive
Share a book
There are lots of different splash-proof bath books available. Add a story to your bath time fun.
Simply using bath time as a time for talking, playing, singing and interacting every day provides great learning opportunities for your child, and the benefits can last for years to come.