Friday, November 30, 2012

Twas the Night Before Christmas Bath

Today on Bath Activities for Kids we are excited to share a special guest post from In Lieu of Preschool. Everyone please welcome Genny.  Enjoy her fun Christmas bath and then be sure to pop over to In Lieu of Preschool for lots more fantastic play and learning activities for kids!  


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Hi!  I'm Genny from In Lieu of Preschool and I am so excited to be guest posting here on Bath Activities for Kids!!  I've recently started doing themed baths and showers with my two preschool-aged kids and I think the one I have to share with you today is our best yet!!


Twas the Night Before Christmas has been my favorite Christmas story for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, it was tradition that I would read the book each Christmas Eve to my younger sister.  If the book wasn't handy, I'd just recite it.  I am thrilled to finally have two little ones of my own who LOVE the story as much as I do!

This Christmas my kids are 4 and 3 and I wanted to do something really magical for them, so I created a "step-into-the-story" shower.  When they walked into the bathroom, they saw a life-sized Christmas world inviting them to come in and play.

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The entire set-up was hands-on and interactive!  


After the oohs and ahhs subsided, the kids started to decorate the Christmas world that surrounded them.  They started by adding ornaments to the Christmas tree.  They dipped paintbrushes into a bowl filled with water to paint the backs of the foam ornaments, and like magic, they stuck to the Christmas tree.  The tree itself was painted using the basic homemade bath paint recipe.



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Next the kids hung their personalized Christmas stockings by the fire.  Again, they used their paintbrushes to wet the backs of the foam stockings and stuck them to the red bubble wrap fireplace.  They enjoyed popping a few bubbles, too!  It's such a great fine motor and sensory experience for kids!!  The bubble wrap was simply stuck to the wall with scotch tape.


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After the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, the kids decorated gingerbread cookies for Santa, once again painting the foam and magically sticking it on to their gingerbread men.  


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They added berries to a Christmas wreath using the same method.  


Twas the Night before Christmas bath

Then it was time to open presents!  The presents were placed under a snowy window.  When the kids pulled off the bow and gift box, they found a hidden surprise--a star for each of them!  They had fun re-wrapping the gifts for each other and opening them again and again!  The box, bow, and stars were foam and by simply layering them, I was able to create a surprise gift "inside" the boxes!


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At this point, the kids were ready for the shower water to be turned on, and good thing, because we had not left any milk for Santa!  I gave each of the kids a clear plastic cup with some baking soda powder in it to make "milk" for Santa.  They filled their cups with water and swirled them until Santa's milk was ready!  They placed it next to their cookies.


Twas the Night before Christmas

While they continued to play in Christmas world, I pulled out our copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Their Dad and I read the story to them together.  Despite being surrounded by so much fun, they listened quite intently.  When we finished reading, I played Christmas music for them on the iPad and they continued to re-decorate and play.


Twas the Night before Christmas


Clean up was simple.  We rinsed off all the foam and stuck it on the glass walls of the shower to dry, and we washed the Christmas tree bath paint off the wall.  Besides the paint, all the materials we used are completely reusable, either in the same type of setup, new setups, or just for recreating parts of this storybook shower.  They could also be repurposed, like using the bubble wrap for wrapping presents!

This was quite the memorable experience for us all and I hope it will be one of L&L's favorite Christmas memories from this year and maybe for even longer!  While the set-up for this shower took a little longer than others I have done, I have to say setting this one up gave me a fun creative challenge and seeing the glow in my little ones' eyes when they walked in to see what I had created made it all worth it!!  

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I always loved the magic of Christmas as a child, and now being able to create some of that Christmas magic for my own children is absolutely priceless

Bath and shower activities should be closely supervised by an adult at all times.  None of the products used in this post stained our tub or shower walls in any way, but please test before use to ensure you will obtain the same results.      

~  Genny
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Genny is a former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool-aged children.  She writes the blog In Lieu of Preschool about all the things they do...in lieu of preschool!  She shares arts and crafts, early learning activities, play ideas, book recommendations, free printables, kid-friendly product reviews, and much more!  You can connect with Genny via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.



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We hope you enjoyed Genny's Twas the Night Before Christmas Shower/Bath as much as we did!!! Don't forget to pop over to In Lieu of Preschool!


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