Is your toddler’s favorite place the bath tub?
Every toddler I know absolutely loves bath time. For them, there is so much fun to be had in the tub and it’s a wonderful finale to their busy day. Washed, cleaned and wrapped up in a fluffy towel – the perfect end to a perfect day.
Bath time is also a great time for parents to interact with their kids. Don’t just struggle to wash their hair but take some time to play with your toddler at this special time. Soon enough they will want to bathe on their own. .
Making a good time better
What’s so special about Bath Tub Toys boats etc
Probably because it’s a totally different environment, the bath tub has a special effect on a toddler’s imagination. Toy boats can ride the waves. Pirates can steal the soap. And the yellow duck must be rescued by a lifeboat.
Loading bath tub toys, boats etc with cargo or passengers is just one example of how your child can improve their fine motor skills in the bath. Stacking toys on the side of the bath and pouring from and filling containers are other ways your toddler can improve their dexterity and hand – eye coordination.
Bath time is a great time to interact with your kids. Lots to talk and laugh about. Can you make them a beard from bubbles or hide a toy in the foam?
There’s a whole lot of exciting science around the tub as well. Why does a boat float – or sink? How do you make waves and currents? In what direction will the water rotate going down the plug?
A Bath full of Balls.
Last Christmas, we bought our grandson just bath toys for his Christmas present. Bath time’s often a play opportunity that’s forgotten when choosing gifts and we were particularly happy with our choice because we knew he would play with these toys every day.
The cheapest toy we bought was the most appealing. This was a large bag of plastic balls. The type usually found in a play pit.
Great fun is had pouring the balls in the bath. Holding them under the water and letting them pop up is also very popular.
Of course, we count the balls, identify the different colors and load them up in other bath tub toys boat etc.
What to look for
when choosing bath tub toys boats etc.
Bright colors and themes that attract your toddler will ensure a bath tub toy is played with regularly. Try and have a variety of toys. Don’t forget that a submarine and a duck can get along quite well together at this age.
Please remain seated…
It’s important to have a good non-slip bath mat in your child’s tub.
For those who have only recently learnt to stand balanced, a slippy tub can be a very hazardous and bruising place. It’s a good idea (but often a difficult one to implement) to have a rule that your child should stay seated during bath time.
Besides pointing out that they need to sit on the bath mat to prevent it floating away some engaging bath tub toys, boats etc can really help persuade a toddler to sit and play.
We also have a rule that we never touch the faucets. Hot!!
Sturdy cleanable materials like plastic are a must in bath toys.
Make sure your child’s bath toys are safe. Check for small parts and sharp edges.
Eureka! My boat floats
What Archimedes learnt in the bath tub
Archimedes was a mathematician who lived around 300 B.C.
One day his king asked Archimedes to help him with a problem. The king thought a goldsmith had fraudulently made him a crown from materials other than gold.
Archimedes knew he could check that the crown was totally gold by measuring its density – its weight divided by its volume. But how do you measure the volume of an irregular object like a crown?
Archimedes was thinking about this problem whilst relaxing at the public baths. He noticed that when he got into the bath, water spilled over the side.
Archimedes realized that the volume of the water displaced was the same as the volume of his body. Eureka! (“I’ve found it”) he cried. He now knew how to measure the volume of the irregular shaped crown.
The mathematician went on with this idea to discover the principle of buoyancy. If an object displaces a weight of water greater than its own weight – then it will float!
You could say Archimedes was the father of all floating bath tub toys, boat etc
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