Sometimes the days can get long and our preschoolers get frustrated. This can lead to behavior problems and boredom. Most often, the child is lacking in the sensory input they need to develop. A sure sign of sensory deprivation is when your child gets into messy things like nail polish, shampoo, or vegetable oil in the pantry. (Ask me how I know.) Some children require more of this messy input than others, and most moms don’t have the time, space, or mental fortitude to have their home look like Picasso’s art studio 24/7.
One way to combat this is to adjust your bath time to before nap, instead of before bed, and let them get as messy as they want….IN THE TUB. Yesterday I filled a muffin tin with shaving cream. Rosie named and chose the colors she wanted and I tinted the shaving cream with gel food coloring. You can also use liquid watercolors as well. I filled the tub with bubbles and the fun and learning began. We felt the water coming out of the the tab and talked about the concepts of “hot” and “cold”. I gave her one new thing at a time, every few minutes. I find that this increases the length of play and creativity.
We started out painting lines with a simple paint brush and then we graduated to shapes, making big arm circles to make “suns” on the side of the tub.
These large movements are essential precursors to writing readiness.
Then it was time to get our hands dirty!
The ducky looks good!
After an hour an a half of playtime and learning, we put the toys away, squirted down any remaining paint leaving my girl squeaky clean and the tub sparkling.
This was a great block of time where she was learning, entertained, and we were accomplishing a needed personal hygiene chore.I was observing her and occasionally engaging her in dialogue, but I also had three other kids working on their schoolwork nearby. One read to me about the artist Giotto. My son worked on a science lab report. Another child finished her Horizons phonics and my high school student popped in and out with questions about a paper.