Bath can be a great time for play and communication. You could spend lots of money on bath toys but some of the best water play toys are in your kitchen! You may not want to take your actual kitchen utensils to the bath, but “think kitchen” (measuring cups, slotted spoons, funnels, colanders, bowls, pots, etc.) when looking for bath toys. Our plastic, colorful set of stacking measuring pots and spoons has been used in the play room, bath tub, water table, at the pool, and at the beach! Great toys for practicing washing, mixing, filling, dumping, etc…
Whatever toys you choose, bath time can be great for speech and language practice as your baby most likely has your undivided attention. Also, it’s a fairly set routine which means it’s predictable and repetitive which is so important for language practice. Here are some ideas:
- Name (or sing) the steps of the bath time routine as you do them:
- water on (“ready, set, go”)
- water off (“stop”)
- clothing (“off”)
- bath time (“wassshhh head, elbow, hand, toes…”)
- towel (“dry”)
- get dressed (pajamas “on”)
- Sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
- Choose your favorite water sound as you pour water on baby… “ssss”, “whee”, “whooaaa”, “ssshhh”, “ooo”
- Play peek-a-boo with the washcloth
- Choose a syllable “ba, ma, da…” and repeat it over and over as you splash or tap on a toy
Don’t forget mirror play! After bath is a fun time to imitate silly faces in the mirror, practice silly sounds, identify eyes, nose, etc., or do another round of peek-a-boo.
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