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 15 fun bath time activities that don’t include a rubber duck:
Colored Ice Cubes 1 of 15Drop 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
Create a Water Wall 2 of 15With duct tape, pvc pipes, and some imagination, just think how your toddler will FREAK out when he or she sees this water wall!
Check out how Experimenting Mom created this water wall!
Fishing for Letters 3 of 15With 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
Bath Glow 4 of 15This 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
Watercolors in the Bath 5 of 15Pull out those watercolors and let your toddler paint the bath!
Read more about watercolors in the bath at Tinker Lab
Paint with Colored Shaving Cream 6 of 15How is this for FUN? This is colored shaving cream!
Check out Meet the Dubiens' post on rainbow shaving cream
Throw a Bath Time Puppet Show 7 of 15Make or buy a few bath puppets and have your toddler throw you a bath time puppet show.
Cathie Filian shows you how to make these adorable bath time puppets
Wind Up Toy Races 8 of 15Line 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
ABC Sponges 9 of 15Practice your ABCs during bath time with ABC sponges!
Martha Stewart, of course - will teach you how to make these
Craft Foam in the Bath Tub 10 of 15Who knew? Craft foam (extremely cheap at Hobby Lobby and the dollar store) works perfect in the bathtub!
Thanks Apartment Therapy for the great idea!
Color the Bath Tub 11 of 15Make 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
Bath Time Puff Paint 12 of 15I'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
Water Balloon Bath 13 of 15Fill 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 of 3 shows us how to make a water balloon bath
iSpy in the Bath Tub 14 of 15This 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 of 3 for this fun idea
Themed Baths 15 of 15Okay, so I have heard of themed parties and themed dinners and themed rooms and themed outfits, but themed baths - that's a new one, but how cute is this? The picture above is of a princess themed bath!
Thanks to Growing a Jeweled Rose for this fun idea
No offense rubber ducky, we still love all 20 something of you that seem to reproduce and clog up our bath toy box.
Bath time made funner … check!