No one ever tells you how hard it will be to get your kids to take a bath. Okay, maybe they do, but in an over-the-top movie kind of way, so who can blame you for not believing it? Anyway, baths are a necessary evil, especially when your kid is sick. So anything that makes that bath longer, calmer, and generally more painless is okay in our book. A little bit of research and a lot of personal experience led us to this list of our favorite bath activities for kids = happier and more engaged toddlers in the tub. We can’t guarantee it will get them to stop splashing, but you win some, you lose some!
Colored Ice Cubes: Baths are one of our favorite ways to break a fever, but the key is keeping your kid in the tub long enough for the water to work its magic. That’s where the “ice bath” comes in. At the first sign of a sniffle, fill your ice trays with water, add a few drops of food coloring, and wait for them to freeze. Adding half the tray to a hot bath should be enough to keep your kid engaged watching them melt, without lowering the water temperature too much. Plus, you’ll have enough left for your next bath!
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Popsicles: Don’t have six hours to wait for rainbow ice cubes? Flavored ice pop works just as well. (For eating, not for soaking, of course!) After all, it’s hard for the kids to complain when they’re concentrating on their sweet treat. The best part of it all? Confining the ice pop to the tub a great way to banish your arch nemesis, the sticky popsicle mess!
Glowing Water: We *lit up* when when we found out about this one – it turns out that B vitamins are good for more than an energy boost! For water that dazzles and glows under a blacklight, start by finding a B vitamin high in Niacin. Simply crush the pills into a powder, add them to the tub, and voila! If you’re in a pinch and can’t find a black light bulb, order one on Amazon Prime and wait two days to bathe. Just kidding! If your kids aren’t afraid of the dark, you can shut off the lights, drop a few glow sticks in the tub, and leave the bathroom door open to a well-lit hallway.
Shout out to Fun at Home with the Kids. for this fun and unique bath hack!
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Lego Bath: Fun fact – legos float thanks to all the air that they trap! Challenge your child to build the largest creation they can without letting it sink, or to sort the entire set by color. And if you hate it when your kids bring legos into the tub, some specially designed boats will even float!
Water Balloons: They float, they squish, and they fill the tub with color! For extra fun, add a pinch of edible glitter, food coloring, or watercolor paint.
Watercolor Paints: Speaking of watercolors, there’s no better time to break out the brushes! If your tub has tile walls, let your little Picasso go wild. Clean-up up should be a breeze, but we recommend skipping the black and brown paints just incase. And if all else fails, Bar Keepers Friend is a mom’s best friend!
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Bath Bomb Surprise: This is two-for-one fun. Next time you have a weekend, rainy day or snow day with nothing to do, make some DIY bath bombs with toys hidden inside. A sick day is the perfect time to whip some up, and it only takes four simple ingredients. For the full instructions, visit Hello Creative Family.
That’s it boys and girls! Planning to give any of these bath activities a try with your kids? Let us know how it goes!
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