12+ Fun Bathtub Activities for Kids (printables + Reels)

Every parent loves to spend time with their baby, and what better way than bonding over a bath 🛁? Honestly, babies love to bathe because of the splashing of water and so many other fun reasons.

However, it is essential to ensure extra safety from water while bathing a baby. Choosing a perfect bathtub is of utmost importance.

To make bath time even more enjoyable and beneficial for your little one, consider incorporating some engaging activities. For example, you can introduce “floating and sinking experiments 🌊” with waterproof toys to teach basic concepts of science while they splash around. Additionally, “bubble play activities 💭” can enhance sensory experiences and stimulate their curiosity.

Remember, these activities not only make bath time fun but also promote learning and development in a safe and supervised environment.

Bathtub Activities for Kids

Containers And Cups Play Activity (3-7 Years)

Containers And Cups Play Activity

Playing with containers and cups is a fantastic water activity for kids. It’s perfect for a warm day and can be both fun and educational, helping to develop fine motor skills and an understanding of concepts like volume and cause and effect.

Materials: Containers and cups of different sizes, a large tub or basin filled with water, and optionally, food coloring to make the water more interesting. Additionally, a towel or mat for the play area can be used to manage splashes.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the large tub or basin with water and place it in the play area.
  2. Introduce the containers and cups to the child, placing them around or in the tub.
  3. Let the child explore by filling and pouring water from one container to another.
  4. Encourage the child to experiment with the different containers to see how much water they can hold.

Lego Bath Play Activity (2-4 Years)

Lego Bath Play Activity

LEGO Bath Play combines the creativity of building with LEGO and the fun of water play. This activity is perfect for engaging children in imaginative play while also helping them learn about buoyancy and construction.

Materials: Waterproof LEGO or building blocks, a bathtub or large container filled with water, and optionally, bath foam or bubbles for extra fun.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the bathtub or container with enough water for floating the LEGOs.
  2. Place the waterproof LEGO blocks in the water with the child.
  3. Encourage the child to build structures on the water surface or even under the water.
  4. Show the child how to make floating structures or boats with the LEGOs.

Duck Pond Play Activity (1-3 Years)

Duck Pond Play Activity

Duck Pond Play is a delightful water activity that allows children to enjoy pretend play with rubber ducks. It’s a simple setup that can provide a lot of joy and also serves as a great sensory experience for young ones.

Materials: A large tub or basin filled with water, rubber ducks of various sizes, and optionally, blue food coloring to give the water a ‘pond’ look.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the tub or basin with water. If you’re using food coloring, mix a few drops in to turn the water blue.
  2. Place the rubber ducks in the water and let them float around.
  3. Encourage the child to play with the ducks, make them swim, and splash around gently.

Pom Pom Play Bath Activity (1-3 Years)

Pom Pom Play Bath Activity

The Pom Pom Play Bath is a colorful and engaging sensory activity for little ones. It combines the tactile feel of pom poms with the fun of water play, perfect for encouraging fine motor skill development and playful learning.

Materials: A bathtub or large container, water-resistant, colorful pom poms, and optionally, bath foam for extra sensory fun.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the bathtub or container with a comfortable amount of warm water.
  2. Drop the water-resistant pom poms into the water.
  3. Let the child splash around and play with the pom poms, scooping them up and feeling their texture.

Running Water Play Activity (1-3 Years)

Running Water Play Activity

Running Water Play is a delightful activity that introduces children to the sensation and properties of flowing water. It’s an excellent way for them to explore and learn about water in a controlled and safe environment.

Materials: A bathtub or a large water bin, a tap with running water or a jug to pour water, and waterproof toys for added fun.

How to Do:

  1. Set up the bathtub or water bin where the child can comfortably reach.
  2. Start the tap to get a gentle flow of water or use a jug to create a pouring effect.
  3. Let the child play with the stream of water with their hands or toys.

Sponge Play Bath Activity (1-3 Years)

Sponge Play Bath Activity

Sponge Play Bath is a delightful and squishy water activity that allows children to explore the absorbent nature of sponges. It’s a fantastic sensory experience that can also teach basic science concepts like absorption and saturation.

Materials: A bathtub or a water-filled bin, sponges of various shapes, sizes, and colors, and optionally, bath-safe dye for colorful water.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the bathtub or bin with water, and if you’re using, add bath-safe dye for a pop of color.
  2. Introduce a variety of sponges to the child in the water.
  3. Let the child squeeze and release the sponges to see how they can absorb and release water.

Ball Bath Play Activity (2-4 Years)

Ball Bath Play Activity

Ball Bath Play is a lively and stimulating water activity that engages children with floating balls. It’s a wonderful way for little ones to explore the concepts of buoyancy and movement in water while having a blast.

Materials: A bathtub or large water bin, plastic balls of various sizes and colors, and optionally, water scoops or nets.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the bathtub or bin with a safe level of water.
  2. Drop the plastic balls into the water and let them float around.
  3. Encourage the child to move the balls through the water, scoop them up, and play freely.

Toy Animals Bath Play Activity (2-5 Years)

Toy Animals Bath Play Activity

Toy Animals Bath Play is a splashy activity that combines the fun of water play with the excitement of toy animals. Kids can give their toy animals a bath, learning about animal care, and enjoy sensory play.

Materials: A tub or sink filled with water, various toy animals, and optionally, bubble bath for extra fun and sponges for cleaning.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the tub or sink with water, adding bubble bath if you like.
  2. Place the toy animals in the water and encourage the child to give them a bath.
  3. The child can use sponges to ‘clean’ the animals, enhancing their fine motor skills.

Rubber Bands Play Activity (3-5 Years)

Rubber Bands Play Activity

Rubber Bands Play is a simple yet captivating activity that allows children to discover the elasticity and versatility of rubber bands in a playful, wet environment.

Materials: A small tub or basin of water and a variety of rubber bands in different sizes and colors.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the tub with water to a safe level where the child can comfortably reach in.
  2. Drop the rubber bands into the water.
  3. Invite the child to stretch, twist, and play with the rubber bands, observing how they float and move in the water.

Letter Bath Fun Activity (2-5 Years)

Letter Bath Fun Activity

Letter Bath Fun is an educational and interactive water activity that combines the joy of bath time with learning. Children can practice letter recognition, spelling, and phonics while playing with floating letters.

Materials: A bathtub or water bin, floating alphabet letters typically made of foam or plastic, and optionally, a bubble bath for added fun.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the bathtub or bin with water and add bubble bath if desired.
  2. Put the floating alphabet letters in the water with the child.
  3. Have the child find and identify different letters, or try to spell simple words.

Foam Bath Play Activity (2-4 Years)

Foam Bath Play Activity

Foam Bath Play is an all-time favorite for children, turning bath time into an exciting and frothy exploration. It’s a fun way to enjoy the bath while playing with bubbles and foam.

Materials: A bathtub filled with water, child-safe bubble bath or foam soap, and optionally, bath toys or cups for additional play.

How to Do:

  1. Add the bubble bath or foam soap to the running water as you fill the tub to create lots of bubbles.
  2. Let the child get into the tub once the desired amount of foam has formed.
  3. Encourage the child to play with the foam, scoop it, stack it, and blow it.

Watering Cans Play Activity (2-5 Years)

Watering Cans Play Activity

Watering Cans Play is a wet and wonderful activity that not only simulates gardening but also teaches children about pouring and the properties of water flow.

Materials: A small watering can or several in different sizes, a bathtub or container filled with water, and optionally, bath toys to water like flowers in a garden.

How to Do:

  1. Fill the tub with enough water to play with and add the toys if using.
  2. Show the child how to fill the watering can and carefully pour the water out.
  3. Encourage the child to water the toys or simply enjoy the sensation of the water streaming out.

Conclusion

Bath time is all about having fun while ensuring the kid learns something new! Go ahead and make the most of your kid’s next bath session! 

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