Children often learn by mimicking the actions of parents and carers. Daniel and Emma like to join in with things that the see us doing. Daniel has in the past month got really interested in cleanliness and bathtime habits and pretends to put shampoo and talcum powder on his bears. This gave me a great idea for water play with him.
Last week, before the regular wash of his four most treasured (and thus filthy) bears I set up a little bath for them and let him wash them. I used a large storage box, put some warm water in it and let him add his bears and mimic bath time.
He had great fun cleaning them, and Emma tried to join in too. It was a really quick and easy activity to set up and it was good to see if Daniel could remember the order we do things, so for example getting undressed, checking the water temperature, washing, cleaning teeth, adding talc etc.
We had a lovely 20 mins or so before the bears made their way to the washing machine for the full clean.
There are lots of ways this could be extended, perhaps having an early bath and putting the bears in the bath with your child? Making a boat for the bears to sail around the bath in? We will be doing that in the future I think.
We will be doing this again, most probably when Emma’s lion is due a bath!