Making bathtimes fun for the children is essential for me, it can often be a drag getting them up to the bath, but if you have some fun things lined up, they soon relax and enjoy being in the bath and actually want to stay in there, despite initially asking me to wash them quickly so they can get straight out.
I use many things to make bathtime more fun and Bathtime Buddies have a great range of accessories to help engage children in bathtime fun. We received a few products to help make our bathtimes more fun, from Foam Alphabet Letters to Squirting Ducks and squirty Soapy Foam.
The children’s eyes lit up when they saw the goodies, “Can we have them in the bath tonight”, they chorused as they eagerly checked them out.
They had great fun squirting water out of the ducks at each other and also used them to aim at foam shapes we have on the wall. They also found if you squirted the alphabet letter they would drop down off the tiles which they found an exciting activity. Miss M liked writing things with the letters such as their names and other random little words. For Mister B who’s 3, I found them useful to get him to recognise his letters and practice the sounds.
By far the children’s favourite was the Soapy Foam which they played with endlessly. They were fascinated by the huge volumes of foam that I squirted into their hands and then used it in a variety of ways from filling pots, to covering themselves or making swirly patterns with it using their fingers. They love the texture of it and can sit for ages running it through their fingers. Why not give them a handful while you are washing their hair?
The children also like to sing in the bath and that can help extend the time they sit in the bath which particularly helps when I am detangling Miss M’s unruly curls with lots of conditioner! I can never predict what song that will be and usually it is one of their own creations especially with Mister B who loves to make up silly rhymes although he went a little camera shy when I tried to capture him in action. Miss M did a little tune which I’ve shared with you below:
Bathtime Buddies have come up with their own bathtime song, a verse and chorus and we’ve made up a couple of extra verses, so feel free to use them if you want to sing the song with your children in the bath.
You can listen to the Bathtime Buddies song here:
Hey, Hey! The day is over
and it is time for bed.
First you must have a bath,
before you can rest your head.
All of your friends are here to help you
wash all the days dirt and grime away.
Play with the ducks, “SQUIRT!”
Or Soapy Foam shapes, “SHAPES!”
Let’s see what else you can create, “YAY!”
Chorus x 4
Hey, Hey! Let’s go and play.
Let’s go and play with The Bathtime Buddies.
Learning is fun when it’s me and you!
Our Verse 2
Little squirty ducks,
can be so much fun.
Can you hit the targets
one by one?
Our Verse 3
Make Foamy Soap shapes
and balls of snow,
Or cover yourselves
from head to toe.
Our Verse 4
With the foam letters
you can write your name
Find the letters A-Z
or have a spelling game.
I think having fun in the bath is a great way to get children to enjoy the experience and make life easier for you, the adult. There are so many ways to make bathtime fun, from coloured bubble bath, foamy soap, bath fizzers to all the little toys and accessories available.
On Thursday 15th May 2014, H&A along with tots100 are having a twitter party at 1-2pm, there will be prizes for the best tweets so why not come along and join in using hashtag #KidsBathtimeFun. Also remember to follow @tots100 and @BathtimeBuddies.
What fun things do you play or sing to keep your kids occupied in the bath?
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received we received some bathtime buddies products in order to write this post.