We Play in the Bath

by Deb on July 27, 2010

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This post is part of the Childhood 101 We Play linkup.  We are huge fans of homemade toys, although that doesn’t stop us having far too many of the shop bought ones as well!  And the simpler the toy, the more kids get to think about what to do with it, rather than doing what it tells them to.  For the last week our best bath toys were a packet of ping pong balls and an old bottle.

The girls have been having a great time with the balls, watching them float, moving the water to move the balls in the current, pulling them under then letting them bob back up and throwing them down into the water.  They remembered some of the games from playing in the pool earlier in the year and had fun trying them again inside.

Balls in the bath

And then the old bottle wasn’t just a bottle with the top cut off – it also had holes punched in the bottom!


And did you know ping pong balls are exactly the right size


to fit in your mouth


and shoot!  Their aim is actually quite good.

What sort of simple toys do you make at home?

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amandab July 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Princess loves to see what is going to float and what will sink when she is in the bath and will keep experimenting with things – putting the soap on top, filling bottles and emptying them – but her favourite bath toy at the moment is still the straw. Farty noises all the way for my Princess! LOL
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Deb July 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm

We did straws with detergent in a little container, great fun!


Chapter Forty July 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I would never have thought to put ping pong balls in the bath. Great fun.


Gill@OurParklife July 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

We played with a pie tin (from a bought pie that we had for dinner!) for ages on Friday afternoon, balancing it on our heads, balancing it on a toy golf club and of course as a frisbee. It provided some great spontaneous fun!

Looks like your girls are having a great time!


Mom and Kiddo July 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

What a fun idea. Those shower caps are cracking me up!
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Deb July 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

They’re brilliant! Unfortunately they seem to be for midget babies, but the girls still insist on using them.


Catherine July 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm

A great game for the bath(I wish we had a bath, we only have a shower). Maybe you could add a water pistol to shoot them with (might make for a wet bathroom though)?
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Deb July 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

The bathroom is our ‘wet play’ area, we don’t really mind water in there! I don’t think we have a water pistol, but old detergent bottles and sauce squeezy bottles are very popular.


Kylie @ The Rockgarden July 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

This looks like great fun! Right now my six month old is also experimenting with floating and sinking, just at a different level. Those pesky rubber ducks evade her grasp every time! Toys act differently in water to carpet 🙂
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Deb July 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm

It’s lovely when you can revisit things at so many different ages. Makes the world interesting 🙂


Belinda July 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I’m off to put ping-pong balls on my shopping list. My kids will just love this. We have all sorts of containers, bowls, spoons, funnels, bottles and plastic animals in our bath. Every night at bath time I’m asked “Can we have a quick play tonight?”
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joyce:waqddleeahchaa July 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Great post! I am Digging those bathing caps. Our Fall pre-school programs are about to begin and floating ping pong ball in a sensory tub is a wonderful idea. I also clicked on your post 13 things that change. This would be a great unit for science for several months. Thanks for the post and very simple, low maintenance ideas. I am always interested in activities that require little prep and less clean up. 🙂


Deb July 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Things changing is a huge concept. As adults, we know it happens and don’t even notice, but for little kids it’s really big.


Tracy July 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

what a great idea! my kids will LOVE this. Thanks for the inspiration!


Kristine July 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm

We often have similar size balls in the bath and shower. One of the most fascinating aspect is watching them spin around the drain when you pull the plug out or when you’re in the shower.


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