It’s Day 8 of our 31 Days of Indoor Fun for Toddlers series and today’s activity was Little Sister’s favorite one yet. I had planned to do a different activity today, but randomly thought of this Bath Time for Toy Animals idea and knew it would be something she would enjoy!
The great thing about this activity is that it is cleaning disguised as fun water play! Our toys could use a good wash and this was a fun way to involve both Little Sister (22 months) and Little Brother (6 years) who loved it every bit as much as she did!
This activity also offers the opportunity to review animal names and their sounds. I firmly believe that learning animal sounds is extremely beneficial for a child’s language development. I would actually go as far as to say that it is a precursor to reading…as children learn to associate an object/animal with a sound (which is what they will eventually do with symbols).
Now that I’ve explained why this simple activity is fun, productive, and educational…check out our fun pictures. :)
Here’s what you’ll need:
-A large container
-A tiny bit of soap
–A shower curtain liner (to keep water off your floor)
1. Fill your “tub” with water.
2. Add your plastic animals.
…and even a little bit of soap (this is a bath, after all).
3. Let your little one get started giving those dirty animals a bath!
…there’s a lion in the tub!
Once you are finished, lay the animals out on a towel to dry. The Little People animals have small holes in the bottom of them. Be sure to squeeze any remaining water out and set them upright on the towel so that water doesn’t get stuck inside.