Bath Time and Water Play: Pour on the Learning!

By Kathleen Alfano

Many children love to take long baths because it’s such a soothing experience. But it’s also an opportunity for a form of creative play that doesn’t take place anywhere else. For example, did you know that basic math and science lessons can take place in the tub? With a selection of safe and appropriate bath toys, your child can explore the properties of water—learning about measuring, the concepts of more and less, warm and cool, float and sink. And physical activities like pouring, sprinkling, pumping and squirting can help strengthen eye-hand coordination. With all the rich learning experiences it provides, it’s no wonder water play is part of the basic curriculum in many early childhood programs.

So help your child make the most of bath time. Encourage experimentation with games like “Let’s see how much water we can put into the boat before it sinks” or “Let’s see which toy squirts the furthest." You’ll trigger curiosity and creative thinking—and you’ll have a child who loves getting clean!
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.