I’ve enjoyed seeing the themed baths that Crystal of Growing a Jeweled Rose and Bath Activities for Kids comes up with. And I’ve always wanted to blog about a fun themed bath, but could never come up with a theme that Caden would enjoy. This isn’t the first themed bath that I’ve put together, but it is the first one that Caden enjoyed! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea sooner! He loves to play with this little cars and trucks in the bath and often drives them along the edge of the bath. But one evening the idea hit me to create a foam road for the bath tub.
So to recreate this bath you only need 2 supplies, of various colors.
- craft foam
- permanent marker
I had some large sheets of black craft foam, which I cut into long pieces. I eyeballed the width, but it is about 3 inches. Then I drew (again, eyeballing it) the center lines using silver metallic permanent marker. For my tub, I only could fit 3 strips of foam. Depending on the size of your tub you may need more or less.
I then wanted to add some other road elements to our bath and thought some road signs would be cool as well as quick and easy to create. I decided to make a stop sign, yield sign, parking sign, and a ‘go’ sign. I simply cut the appropriate shapes out of the craft foam of the appropriate color. I eyeballed it of course, but you could probably find a shape template to use with a simple search of the internet. And then used a black or silver metallic permanent marker to write the words or letters of the signs.
I liked the idea of road signs because they are a good way to review shapes and colors, as well as words (for older kids) and to point out letters for younger kiddos like Caden. He has been noticing words and letters a lot more lately, pointing to them and asking “these?”
So before dinner Sunday night, I whipped these foam pieces up and set up the bath without Caden noticing. He was so surprised to see a road and cars all set up for his bath that he began playing before he could even get in the tub!
Finally we got Caden into the bathtub and he checked out the road signs and drove his cars some more on the road.
This was a very easy themed bath to set up. I started, finished and set it up in one evening. Although it helped that Daddy was around to keep Caden busy. I wouldn’t have done a themed bath if Daddy had not been home to help. Craft foam for fun themed baths is it is easy to work with, water proof, you can write on it, it sticks to the wet walls and it is durable. I plan on storing these pieces labeled in a gallon sized plastic bag. That way I can easily get them out when I need to spice up bath time again!
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