F-U-N. I am on a mission to make life funner. That word funner just makes me smile. In order to accomplish this mission, I am taking ordinary activities and finding new creative and out-of-the-box twists to accomplish them.
One thing I want to spruce up is the way I spend time with my kids. While I have more time with them now then I ever have, I feel myself slumping into cranky mom. I want it to be fun and memorable — at least more so than cranky!
While I haven’t found a way to make diaper changing fun, I did find several ways to liven up bath time. Check out 12 fun bath time activities that don’t include a rubber duck:
1. Watercolors in the Bath
Pull out those watercolors and let your toddler paint the bath!
Read more about watercolors in the bath at Tinker Lab
2. Colored Ice Cubes
Drop colored ice cubes in the bathtub and watch your toddler chase them around before they melt, dying the water.
Learn how at Just a Pinch
3. Fishing for Letters
With magnet ABC letters, a colored bathtub, and a fishing pole with a magnet tied to the end, your kid can go fishing in the bathroom!
Learn more at Pigtails and Tutus
4. Bath Glow
This looks so fun, I WANT TO DO IT! Just visit your local dollar store, pick up some glow sticks and drop them in the tub. According to Itz Mitz, you can freeze them and retain their glow until your next usage!
Check out Itz Mitz and her kids’ bath time glow adventure
5. Wind-up Toy Races
Line up your toddlers’ wind up bath toys and watch them race? Who will win?
The adorable wind up toys above are available at Pottery Barn Kids
6. Bath Time Puppet Show
Make or buy a few bath puppets and have your toddler throw you a bath time puppet show.
Cathie Filian shows you how to make adorable bath time puppets
7. ABC Sponges
Practice your ABCs during bath time with ABC sponges!
Martha Stewart, of course, will teach you how to make these
8. Water Balloon Bath
Fill balloons with colored water. Let your toddler play with the balloons and pop them (or cut them) to see what color is inside.
Play at Home Mom LLC shows us how to make a water balloon bath
9. Craft Foam Fun in the Tub
Who knew? Craft foam (extremely cheap at Hobby Lobby and the dollar store) works perfect in the bathtub!
Thanks Apartment Therapy for the great idea!
10. Color the Bath Tub
Make some bathtub crayons and tell your toddler that the bath tub is his blank canvas.
Deal Wise Mommy shows us how to make DIY bath crayons
11. Bath Time Puff Paint
I’ve never seen anything like this! It’s PUFF PAINT for the bath tub! This is flashing me back to my early childhood and the hideous shirts my mom use to make me and my sister. ACK!
Chalk in My Pocket shows us how to make bath puff paint
12. I-Spy in the Bathtub
This is a fun game! Stick various items around the bathroom that are visible from the bathtub. Turn out the lights and stick your toddler in the tub. Give him a submersible flashlight and have him SPY the various items.
Thanks to Play at Home Mom LLC for this fun idea