For young children, baths can be very long affairs that involve plenty of play with toy ducks and boats. One of the best ways to maximize all the time spent by your child in the bath tub is by making bath time more educational. With a little effort and creativity, making bath time a fun venue to learn something new is easy. Here are some ways to do this.
- Physics. Most kids play with toy ducks and boats when taking a bath. This alone gives you plenty of opportunities to inject a little science learning into bath time. One of the questions that plenty of small children ask is why planes fly and why boats do not sink. While taking a bath, you can explain these phenomenons to your children. For example, you can explain that objects only sink when their weight is heavier than an equivalent volume of water. This means that boats do not sink because they are lighter in volume than water. Other physical phenomenon that you can explain includes waves, pressure, the rain cycle, and many more. Just be resourceful and pick out all the tiny scientific examples that are involved in taking a bath.
- Biology. Another great lesson that you can teach your child is biology and the body. Most small children are only aware of the basic parts of their body. Most of the time, their knowledge about the parts of the body are also very limited – they may know what the stomach is, but not how it works. While taking a bath, you can explain these concepts while using your own child’s body for illustration .this is especially helpful since this will give your child a sense of appreciation not just about the human body in general, but about his own particular body. Once you have run through the basic body organs, you can then move on to the body systems and how the various body organs interact with each other. Make sure, however, that you read up on basic anatomy text books to reorient you with how the different body parts work.
- Songs and stories. Another way to make bath time more educational is to add new songs and nursery rhymes that your child can memorize. Keep in mind that stories usually have underlying lessons that makes them a great way for you to inculcate basic values for your child. With a little creativity while delivering your songs and stories, bath time can be as highly anticipated as sleep and the typical bedtime story.
- Use toys. Finally, use toys and other implements to make bath time fun while remaining educational. There are some types of soaps that come in shapes and numbers. You can use this to teach very small children about the alphabet as well as the number system. Apart from creative soaps, you can also buy an assortment of floating toys that your child can use to create stories. Stories foster creativity and imagination in small children, and should be promoted.
For adults, bath time is a very functional activity that is sometimes done only to remove the dirt and grime that accumulates in the body. For small children, however, it can be a very good opportunity to learn.