When you have children, kids' bath times aren't just about getting clean! Bath times can be a fabulous time for water-themed play-time. Yet, there are several emotional benefits of bath times for little ones. As well as bonding time, bath times promote language and thinking skills. Bath sessions also encourage social and physical development. Here The Bathroom Showroom offers several ways to make the most of bath time fun.
Five Wonderful Emotional Benefits of Bath Times for Children
For little ones, the bathroom can provide a rich sensory environment. With so much going on in this room, bath time offers plenty to hold their attention.
This includes the scent of the water and bubbles to the sound of running water. Encourage your child to get used to the feel of water on their skin. This way, they can splash and blow bubbles and enjoy this game for a great deal of time!
Being in the tub allows children to explore the water with their hands, enhancing their motor skills. Toys that allow them to play safely here present a unique water experience. Tea parties and splash and play sets are perfect choices. These encourage little ones to take advantage of the sensory element of the bathroom.
2. Bath time is perfect for building language and thinking. Try playing music and introducing bath time songs, especially those with uplifting beats. This allows children to develop rhythm while encouraging them to sing along to the words without pressure.
Foam letters are fantastic visual aids for the bath as they can help nurture language development. You can also use letters to practice writing and help with speech, learning and creating new words.
Bath crayons help with writing skills and are also thoroughly engaging. They can encourage children to express their thoughts through doodling.
Bath books can be shared and read aloud by both adults and children, supporting conversation. Foam jigsaw puzzles encourage children to find solutions of their own.
The great thing about such activities during bath time is that children will be having so much fun. Therefore, they won't actually realise they’re learning!
3. The bath is a great space for helping children with maths and science.
Here you can offer them various sized stacking cups. These help them understand the properties of water and volume as they use the cups to fill up and pour out.
This activity can explain the concept of more, less, full, and empty. Try getting your little one used to estimating the amount of water in each cup on their own.
Foam numbers can be used to work on simple addition and subtraction. When done regularly, this helps improve number recognition greatly.
Such bath activities can offer scientific elements too, adding items which children can guess whether they float or sink. They can then perform experiments of their own, choosing their own items and questioning the results.
4. Bath time is the perfect time for building a connection with your child. By creating a nurturing environment here, you can encourage fabulous bonding time.
This further works on their social-emotional development. Such bonding time can start when your child is in the bath and continue after as you get them ready for bedtime.
Try connecting with your child when they are in the bath by playing games such as water-pat. This allows you to pat the water back and forward to each other and control the splashes! You can also find games where you can take turns, teaching the skill of waiting your turn.
When bath time is over, use the time to connect with your child and snuggle up to read a book. Such time spent between the two of you shows your child how much they are loved and thus increases their self-esteem.
5. Bath time is the perfect place to begin building a routine with your young one. We’ve talked before on the blog about creating a stress-free bath time for your little ones. Yet, by making bath time regular, you give both your child and yourself a chance to wind down at the end of each day.
A good bath time will ultimately improve the end of the night routine. This means encouraging better sleep patterns. What’s more, regular bath times work to build good habits in children.
Always signal the end of bath time with classical or relaxing music. This gives your child time to calm down before getting out of the bath. Then beyond bath time, keep the bedtime routine calm and peaceful. This way, they know what to expect every time and are more inclined to work with you!