The best opportunities for language learning and enhancement are through daily routines, like getting dressed and mealtime. Bath time can be a fun way to teach new vocabulary words, like nouns, verbs, and new phrases. You'll have to tailor some of the words and phrases depending on your child's age. Or you can work on identifying/finding items in the bath. For example: Find your ears, Find a bubble, Find your ducky!
Use these words in combination with short repetitious phrases. For example: wash hair, scrub feet, blow bubbles, pour water, pop bubble
- Nouns Verbs Body Parts Concepts
- water wash hair/head in/on
- soap pour eyes under
- bubbles splash nose up/down
- shampoo pop mouth wet/dry
- towel blow ears clean/dirty
- tub/bath dry belly full/empty
- Any Bath Toys! scrub feet all-gone/all-done
Bath time is a great time to teach body parts and ask your child to identify those parts on himself followed by a playful scrub.
Toys that can also help with word learning include bubbles, balls, animals, boats/trucks. You can always incorporate a fine motor or gross motor activity during bath time too! Here are a few suggested toys to facilitate play and new word learning at bath time:
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