Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tea Party Bath

I am so excited to have Vicky of Mess for Less here to share a fun bath today!  I just love the Tea Party Bath she created for her girls.  Enjoy the fun bath she is sharing and then be sure to pop over to her site for lots of fabulous kids activities!  


Hi everyone, I'm Vicky and  I blog over at Mess For Less, where I share budget friendly activities, crafts, and recipes for kids. I am so excited to be here today sharing a fun bath activity. I am the mom of three girls (4 year old twins and a 3 year old) and often, for the sake of saving time, I will bathe the three of them together. To keep them from arguing, I often provide fun bath activities such as this bath time tea party.

Tea Party Bath

You will need:
  • Large 12" x 18" sheet of colored foam for the picnic blanket
  • Smaller pieces of foam in different colors
  • Cups
  • Scissors
Before the bath, cut out plates, utensils, pie slices and pie decorations from various colors of the smaller foam. I got the smaller foam at the dollar store. They sell packages of smaller sized foam sheets  for $1. Can't beat that! I happened to have some small foam butterflies at home too, so I added these to the decorations.

Tea Party Bath

Set up your picnic blanket in the bathtub and add some small plastic cups. I made an extra foam plate and put it in the center of the blanket with small foam pieces that the kids used to decorate their pie. 

Tea Party Bath

My youngest was still having a snack, so we started off the bath with the twins having tea for two.

Tea Party Bath

They were actually really good about sharing the tea party (shocking!) and soon their sister joined them. Wow, that's a lot of hair in one bathtub!

The kids loved decorating a slice of pie, pretending to eat it, and then taking the decorations off and starting again.

Tea Party Bath

My youngest enjoyed the pie. What's really funny is that she is such a picky eater who would never  eat a piece of real pie, but she couldn't get enough of this stuff! I made sure to tell the kids beforehand that they could not drink the water from the tea cups or put the small foam pieces in their mouths.

Tea Party Bath

When the tea party was over, the girls found another use for the picnic blanket and foam pieces. They discovered that the large foam sheet stuck to the shower wall and that the foam pieces, when wet, would stick to that.

Tea Party Bath

This bath activity kept the kids busy, encouraged sharing and taking turns, and helped to facilitate pretend play where they practiced their language and creative skills. All stuff moms love. It also led to splashing, silliness, laughter and fun. All stuff kids love. It's a win-win!

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