If you simply LOVE water, then you never get too old to play in it, on it, with it, around it. My family LOVES water! I’m a warm beach descendent and I am at home and at peace when on or near the beach (hey, that rhymes!). My guys love swimming pools and water parks, visiting dams and waterways and spillways, watching running rivers, creeks, streams. WE BRAKE FOR WATER BREAKS! We love water so much that we’ve incorporated exhilaratingly all-season, indoor water breaks into our home school work, half-time, or mid-day refreshers.
The bath tub has become our indoor pool. Although it’s the typical, standard-sized, white porcelain tub, it has been converted into all kinds of water ways and hosted all kinds of projects, activities, and toys. It has housed stray frogs for pets, dusty rocks for painting, a pond for magic growth sea creature capsules, as well as daily baths and showers. It’s the perfect place to take a mid-day break when we’ve hit the books pretty hard, or we just need a mid-day refresher before returning to lessons and plans, and it’s always right there! PLUS, it's an all-weather, all-season, sturdy, durable, stationary "appliance." It has taken a few bruises and is still standing strong.
Here are a few activities we’ve enjoyed “playing” in our regular old bathtub.
Using foam letters made for bath tub fun (more when the kids were learning to spell) (pictured), spelling games are endless! Bath tub tiles are perfect for wet foam sponges to temporarily adhere to when learning how to spell shorter words. (This could be your spelling or vocabulary review for the day)
2. GO FISHING!
If you’ve not read about our multiple activities using “Magic Grow Capsules,” click here. We’ve gone fishing for small items like magic grow capsules and foam letters (see #1 above) using chopsticks quite a few times, and we have lots of fun every single time.
3. (PLASTIC) CAR WASH!
Younger children always seem to have lots of plastic toys that can easily withstand and usually deserve a nice rub-a-dub-scrub. We’ve piled our toy wagon up with all the plastic toys we could find or carry, made the trek to the bathroom, and unloaded a tub full of toys to be hand washed. I’m sure they (the toys) have yearned for a little cleaning and special care after all these years. If nothing else, it’s always fun.
4. FOOT SPA!
If you have younger children, they may appreciate taking their shoes off and soaking their toes in a little bubble bath foot soak just as much as Mommie! Mine thoroughly enjoys this. Squirt a little “foot soak” in the tub (or bubble bath), run enough warm water to cover the instep or ankle, sit on the side of the tub together with your pants or shorts rolled up over the knees, and talk about sweet nothings like retirees. If you're wanting a snack, pineapple tidbits or mandarin oranges in a small bowl beside you work well for bath tub niblets. Ahhhh... Memories will definitely be made and treasured during foot spa time!
On days when it’s blazing hot outside, or it’s snowing cats and dogs, don’t let the weather deter you from having a fun and enthusiastic homeschool day. Try dipping your tired little toesies into a nice, warm, soapy tub of water and have FUN, together.
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