Making a Splash With Bath Time Fun

Rub-a-dub-dub, have some fun in the tub!

Easy bath time fun for kids

January is National Bath Safety Month. Many blogs and sites, including The Ganz Parent Club, are posting bath time safety information, which is fabulous! After all, knowledge is power.

To be honest though, if you read enough articles and statistics about the dangers of the tub, you may decide to let your kids bathing habits slack to “Pigpen” like proportions and soon they’ll be leaving clouds of filth in their wake. So why not add a little levity to this very important topic by including some play in your kids daily bathing routine?  That way you can soak in ALL of the safety information that’s readily available and even obsess a little over the statistics, but let your kids relax and have some fun in the tub.

Here’s my list of tried and true, fun in a jiffy ideas for the bath time adventures!

  • Add a few drops of liquid food coloring (all natural if you can) instead of bubble bath. It won’t harm your tub or your kids skin.
  • If you have a pair of swim goggles or a kid sized scuba mask handy, your tub can become a submarine.
  • Using plastic measuring cups, funnels, ice cube trays and other plastic kitchen tools for water play is fun and more sanitary then toys that can collect water. Then you can simply run these makeshift bath toys in the dishwasher.
  • If your child insists on special toys for the tub stick to solid rubber toys like sea life creatures or dinosaurs. Avoid hollow toys or with nooks and crannies to collect water.
  • Have a bottle of bubbles and a wand in the closet? Kids love blowing bubbles and what better place to blow them than in the tub?
  • Foam puzzles make great bath toys because they stick to the size of the tub and on tiles. You can run them through the dishwasher too!
  • Pick up or make your own bath crayons.
  • Save and clean your ketchup, mustard and other squirting bottles to clean and use in the tub. Once they start to get dirty, just toss them in the recycling.
  • And of course there is nothing like a good old-fashioned bubble bath, but make sure it is natural and kids safe even for girls.
  • Let the kids make their own bath salts (kid-safe oils) or bubble solution or bath fizzies (not for sensitive skin) to use in the tub.
  • You don’t need to wash hair every time. Kids will enjoy taking a bath every time, if there are times when it’s just for play.

Happy scrubbing!

About The Author

Kit Bennett
Kit Bennett is a celebration and play expert who believes that sprinkles, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes make the world a brighter place. She’s the founder of and KidsParties 1-2-3 where she makes planning a party for kids as easy as 1,2,3! Her inspiration comes from her four children, two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews whom she loves BIG, BIG, BIG!

11 Responses to Making a Splash With Bath Time Fun

  1. whisperandnana says:

    I wish I had thought of some of these fun things when my girls were little. I have already passed the ideas on to my daughters for their chilodren. I love the food coloring idea. The water in old catsup and mustard bottles, not so much. I can see grandma getting a squirt in the face and a bathroom floor to mop up in my future on that one.

  2. miaomiao says:

    that is very creative! Love the idea!

  3. grama65 says:

    I never thought of blowing bubbles in the bathtub, fun idea.

  4. Jenny says:

    Great! i’ll use these ideas with my girls!

  5. Rebekah says:

    i love these ideas. I think now, maybe, my neice is going to like bathtime a lot more

  6. Maggie says:

    I have never thought of getting goggles for the bathtub!!

  7. dune456 says:

    Yes the ketchup bottles do make a mess,but my kids love squirting me and seeing the shocked look on my face. It’s not so bad cleaning up. I just use the towel after they dry off to clean up the floor. It’s alot of fun, even for me..

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  9. LinStov says:

    Bath time is one of the greatest time with the children.