A baby bath station will keep your little ones entertained and cool for hours this summer!
I picked up a couple of plastic dolls at a thrift shop a couple of months ago with this activity in mind.
This is a snap to set up. I used our dollar store kitty-litter basin for the baby-bath, and set up a tray with everything the Hooligans would need to bathe their babies: sponges, a few baby wash cloths and hand towels, a couple of toothbrushes, various spray bottles, a soap pump (filled with soapy water) and a couple of travel shampoo containers filled with watered down shampoo and contitioner. I also added a stainless-steel “bar of soap” (it’s actually for removeing garlic odours from your hands when cooking).
I filled the basin with warm, soapy water and sprinkled it with a few drops of food colouring just to make it a little more interesting.
Squeezing the bottles and sprayers and sponges is a great way to develop motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. It took a lot of strength to squeeze the shampoo out, and to get the conditioner (they decided all on their own that it was toothpaste) onto the toothbrushes, and to get those sprayers spraying in the right direction. It was challenging to hold the baby WHILE aiming/pumping the spray bottle so this little one enlisted some help from a friend.
It was sweet to see them caring for their babies like they were real little mommies and daddies.
All of this led to assorted other water play as well: