Bath Time Fun

Make bath time an enjoyable part of your child's routine. It can be a very special time shared with you and your toddler. Talk and laugh with your child as you bathe them.

It can also be a very good way of getting them ready to go to bed. If they know they are going to have a chance to have one more play with an adult before sleep time it will reinforce that they are loved and cared for.

When your baby is old enough to sit up, give them a little sponge, a bath toy, or plastic cups. For instance, you might count out loud to see how many little cups of water go into a bigger cup.

Sometimes though, they're are having so much fun they might not want to get out. Then you might have to invent a funny checklist like: Have you washed your belly? Have you washed your toes? Have you washed your...? You can use the same checklist each time. They will love the repetition.

Of course, never leave your child unattended in the bath. 

Some Ideas for Bath-Time Fun

  • Coloured Ice cubes - Make up some ice cubes in ice cubes trays using a little food colouring. Add the ice-cubes to the bath and watch as they chase them around before they melt.

  • Glowing Bath - You will need to buy some glow sticks for this one next time you see them being sold in the pound shop. Crack the glow sticks and put them in the bath. Turn the light out and watch as your child plays. I have heard that you can put the glow stick in the freezer to prolong their life so that you can use them again next bath-time.

  • Wind-Up toy races - Wind up their bath toys and talk to them about what one is going to win the race.

  • A puppet show for bath-time - You can buy bath puppets or if you are any good with a sewing machine you can make your own. 

  • Water Balloon Bath - Fill up some water balloons with water and some with just air. Put them in the bath and watch the fun.

  • Craft Foam Art - Craft foam can be bought from the craft shop. Cut it into shapes and give it to your child to create some art.  It floats, when it gets wet and it sticks to the tiles, and it can be easily cut into an infinite variety of shapes. They can put the shapes together to make some fantastic pictures.

  • Bath Time Math - Put some different size plastic containers in the bath. Use words like full, empty, more than, less than, etc as they pour the water from one container to another.

  • Pool Noodle Fun - If you have a pool noodle that is getting a little worse for wear then you can cut it into one-inch pieces (Use a bread knife for this and it is easier than using scissors). If you're going to buy one then get the thinner ones which are usually cheaper and you can sometimes get them from the pound shop. Try to get at least two different colours. Fill the bath with them and let your child explore.

  • Boats in the Bath - You don't need to have boats for this one. Some plastic bowls will do nicely. Your little one can put small world figures in the bowls and float them along. How many figures can they get in the 'boats' before the tip over? 

  • Bubble Science - Collect some yogurt pots and put small holes in the bottom. Hold the pots upside down in the bath and watch as the air escapes to the surface.

And of course, you can always buy bath paint ... that's good fun too. Or make your own.

Well, there are just a few ideas - I'm sure you can think of lots more.

Remember Have Fun

Raindrop

Fun

What are the benefits of children playing in the rain?

Believe it or not, there are many benefits of letting our children play outside on wet days. I wouldn't recommend them going out in gale force winds, or when there is thunder and lightening - much better on those days to watch the weather from inside the house. But when it's raining - well that's just so much fun as well as being good for them.

Here are a list of reasons why playing in the rain is great for our children's health and well-being.

  1. Playing outside means your child is more physically active. This helps prevent obesity,diabetes, heart disease and lots of other health issues. If we just waited for those nice dry sunny days, just think of how much physical exercise we are missing out on.

  2. Children who play outside have higher levels of vitamin D, Vitamin D helps to make our bones stronger and as our children grow they need to develop good strong bones,. It also helps to strengthen the immune system.

  3. Children with ADHD experience significantly fewer symptoms after spending time in nature. 

  4. Children who play regularly in natural environments have more advanced motor skills, such as agility, balance and coordination, and are sick less often

  5. Children who play outside engage in more imaginative games, interact more and get along better with others.

  6. Children who grow up having regular contact with the natural world are more likely to develop a lifelong love for nature and care to preserve it

  7. Children who are exposed to the natural world develop stronger awareness, reasoning and observation skills

  8. Experiencing the joy of nature in a different way and uses their senses to feel the sensation of rain falling on their faces

  9. Developing motor skills in children, including balance. Playing in the rain helps children learn to test slippery paths and keep their balance.

  10. Learn about rain through first-hand experience. Where does water come from?  How does the wind effect the rain falling? Are some raindrops bigger than others? Are there different kinds of clouds? Why do we get puddles? so many science questions that can be answered by having fun in the rain

Are we all keeping our children from much needed exercise and fun when it is raining and wet outside? Just remember, the rain won’t make your kids melt, get sick, or turn into a raindrop! Most people believe that playing in the rain is an easy, quick way to catch a cold. If your child has a healthy diet, and is generally fit and well, then your child’s immune system is strong enough to protect against any weather woes. If your child likes playing with water, or going swimming, then playing outside in the rain is definitely for him or her. Not only can it be a great source of exercise, but it’s also a great way to de-stress and have some fun!

Be Prepared - IT WILL GET MUCKY

Playing in the rain is never going to be clean play. But children can be cleaned up. You can put their clothes in the wash and them in the bath when they have finished having fun.

They will want to jump in puddles - most of the time they have been told not too - but now you can tell them different. Stand back if you don't want to get wet, because that water is going to go everywhere.

Next will come the mud. There is something very primal about mud. It's sticky and gooey and it just has to be investigated.

Then will come the slipping and sliding and falling. Some children might be a little worried about this, and they will look to you to see if they are in trouble. This is the time to take that photo, It will be a great reminder of just how dirty they can get.

When it's time for going back inside then get them to stop at the door and take off most of their outer clothes and boots. Then get them into the bathroom so they can get cleaned up. Put the clothes in the washing machine and your done.

You have just made some fantastic memories that your children will remember forever.

It's great fun to go to the park when it's raining, just to see other peoples reactions to what you are letting your children do, So people smile but others are most disapproving.


What to wear!

OK, we've all heard that before - there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. You have made the brave decision to let your child play out in the rain. So what do they wear?

Rain hats and rain coats, or anything that is even slightly waterproof will do, You will want to keep their head warm and water off their torso as much as possible. Boots would be great, but any sturdy footwear that you don't mind getting mucky is just as good. 

Having fun puddle jumping

Now for some ideas of what to do on a rainy day.

Raindrop Painting:

What you will need

  • A rainy day

  • Heavy white paper or card

  • Powdered paint or food colouring

Lay a black bag or plastic table cloth on the ground and put the paper carefully on top.

Put little mounds of powdered paint or drops of food colouring  on the paper.

Step back and watch as the drops of rain fall on the paint a spread them out.

When your picture is as you want it, take it inside to dry out. 

When dry, spay with hairspray to hold the colours fast.

Oh no! It's the mud monster

Let you children become mud monsters and cover themselves with leaves and twigs.

How to get over that puddle?

Problem solving finding ways over the puddle. Children can collect large stepping stones to get themselves over the puddle. 

Mud Pies

Water makes wonderful mud and what better time to make mud pies. 

What will fill up first?

Get some different size containers and try to guess which one will fill up first. Great for Science and Maths.

Chalk Drawing

Drawing with chalk if different in the rain. The colours are brighter and easier to use.  

Be a wet weather artist

Grab your paints and some sheets of cardboard and do some painting in the rain.

The paints will act differently and will merge together to create some wonderful affects.

Water small world play.

Take your toys and action figures outside in the rain and create a small world around puddles and wet foliage.

Plant some seeds

Go out in the garden and plant some seed. What better time because you don't have to water them after you plant them. 

Raindrop Showers 

Let your children take some soap out into the garden and have fun with their shower. Be careful with this one of getting soap in the eyes.

Water Fight

Water balloons do not just have to be for hot sunny days. They can be just as much fun when its raining.

Animals that like the rain

Your children can pretend to be animals like frogs and jump around the garden.

Boats

Plan for a rainy day by making boats. Test which boat will float and which will sink. Science

And much much more

There is so much you can do when playing in the rain. You could make music or dance or jump over puddles instead on into them. You could dance under umbrellas or try blowing bubbles, or just take a walk in the rain and notice how everything looks different.

The most important thing is to have fun - and remember it is all a learning experience.