Rub a Dub Dub We’re Learning in the Tub!

Learning in the tub?  You bet!

When my big kids were little spending time in the tub was one of their favorite activities.

A long warm bath would calm down a tantrum or help make a kid who refused to sleep relaxed enough to finally cross over into dream land.

The same is true with Parker.  Except getting him in and out of the bathtub is no small feat.  G-tube wrappings and having to change out wet trach ties for dry can turn a fun time into a chore.

Then I hit on an idea.  How about turning each morning’s bath time into a learning experience too?

Okay, maybe not an Einstein moment, but still.  I find myself looking forward to the surprises I present for Parker’s tub time as much as he enjoys playing and learning from them.   And, quite frankly, I like the fact that we’re reviewing concepts outside of the little classroom we have downstairs.

So, what floated Parekr’s boat today?

Glow sticks, baby!

With the lights on……

and the lights off.

Some of the concepts we reviewed during Parker’s tub time today:

  • Colors
  • Comparisons (“same”)
  • Counting
  • Number Value

We even reviewed a few alphabet letters:

Other tub time activities we done include using small drops of food coloring to tint the water, ice cubes frozen in different shapes and colors, ‘writing’ in shaving cream and tub crayons.

Speaking of tub crayons, here’s a DYI recipe:

  • Grate the bar of soap in to fine pieces. Use a knife to cut the soap in to small chunks if a grater is not available.
  • Place soap and 1 1/4 cups warm water into a bowl and mix until the soap is dissolved and the mixture is thick.  Add 5 to 10 drops of food  coloring  to the soap mixture and stir until combined.

  • Pour the soap mixture in to soap molds. You could also use old plastic dishes, cookie sheets and baking tins if you do not have soap molds. Let the crayons air dry and harden for one to two days before removing from the mold. Use the crayons to draw, write and color pictures on the bath tub and shower wall.  If your soap gets stuck in the mold, place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer and allow it to sit for a few minutes.  Turn it upside down and the condensation from it’s thawing out should allow your soap to slip right out!

What’s your child’s favorite tub time activities?

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