Having nine nieces and nephews as well as knowing a lot of friends with children, I have been invited to countless babyshowers. My favorite gift items? Bath toys!! You can never go wrong with bathtime books, foam letters or rubber duckies. Bathtime is a wonderful opportunity to engage your baby, toddler or preschooler in the Five Early Literacy Practices: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play.
On pbs.org, they describe many ways you can encourage language and literacy development during bathtime; from naming body parts to asking your child what are they going to need for bathtime. There are even suggestions for first graders. My favorite one was to make up stories about the different bath toys. Once upon a time, there was a Pirate Duck named Orange Beak. He was on a mission to locate the treasure stolen by Princess Barbie and her Little Pony friends...
Ideas that incorporate the Five Early Literacy Practices into bathtime:
TALK- Use different words to describe how toys move in the water: splash, dip, sink, float, rock, glide, etc...
SING- Sing to baby about body parts (ie. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes). Make up or learn new bathtime songs like the one about the turtle, Tiny Tim, on Jbrary (I LOVE JBRARY!!!)
READ- Read bathtime books to your baby or point out words on your child's bubble bath or shampoo bottle
WRITE- Use bathtime crayons to write baby's name on the tile or use foam letters to spell out words
PLAY- Mix in science and math concepts by adding measuring cups and spoons to your bathtub toy collection
Read a good book before or after bathtime:
A board book. Great for babies and toddlers!
A cute story about an elephant reluctant to take a bath.
One of my favorite characters, the Pigeon! Mo Willems' books make me laugh!
Rub-a-dub! Now get those kiddos into the tub! And keep logging Summer Reading minutes!