Last summer, we ran a popular series on simple summer fun ideas. I live in a very wintery climate and have had questions both from friends here and from readers on one of my other blogs on how to entertain children during a long winter. So I will be doing a Surviving Winter series this winter! Hurray for surviving winter!
We can easily have snow on the ground from October until May. Last "winter," we ditched the snow around the end of March/beginning of April, but it literally rained and rained and rained until Father's Day (which is odd for us because we live in a desert climate). So we can get a little house-bound and need to come up with ideas for keeping our children (and therefore ourselves) sane.
First up...Bath Play!
At my house, bath time has ALWAYS been just another playtime. This is true year round. A couple of months ago, my neighbor asked me for ideas to keep her almost four year old occupied in the day. He is the fourth child in their family, and his older brothers are all at school. I listed off things I do with Kaitlyn, and playing in the tub stuck out to her. She started doing that with her son each day and says he LOVES it. He loves to play in the tub and will stay occupied for a long time.
My kids also love the bath. The bathtub is one giant water play activity. You can easily get at least 30 minutes out of a bath. Oftentimes, I have to force my kids out after an hour!
So what do you play with in the tub? Anything you would use with water play and more. We have several posts on water play on this blog. Here are some ideas:
- Spoons/measuring spoons
- Cups of various sizes
- Measuring cups
- Washcloth (my kids like to wipe the walls)
- Squirt bottle
- Paint brushes
- Tub Painting
There are also a whole lot of bath toys out there!
- Bath Letters are great for adding some fun letter learning to bath time
- I have written a Toy Review on Bath Toys
- I have also written a Best Toys For Children on bath toys, and it includes care guidelines of bath toys
And what about you? What will you do during this loooong bath play each day? Here are a few ideas:
- Play with the kids
- Sneak extra learning in there (like with the alphabet letters--"What sound does A say?"
- Sit and quietly read a book. This is very relaxing! It is nice and warm and humid!
- Clean the bathroom
- Call a friend if you can still focus on the kids
- Take pictures--enjoy these sweet moments
- Get ready for the day
- Sit and do nothing! How fun does that sound?