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Playing in the bath with your toddler and providing them with lots of props like jugs, cups and books boosts their learning and nurtures their bond with you.  

Your toddler develops self-confidence when they can take care of themselves and their ducky, and when they figure out how to pop the bubbles. Their thinking skills are boosted as they use their imagination while playing pretend, and when they make connections between what they see in books and their own real life. Your toddler builds language skills and the muscles in their fingers and hands when they turn the pages of the book and learn new words as you read together.

Social-Emotional Development

What you can do What your child is learning
Ask your toddler if they’d like to try washing herself. That they can take care of themselves and that they’re a good helper.
Delight in your toddler’s discoveries and accomplishments. For example, let them know what a good job they do, cleaning and taking care of ducky. That they’re important and capable.
Help your toddler cope with transitions by giving them notice before bath time ends and letting them take a favourite toy with them. That their feelings are important and that you will help them manage difficult situations.

Language and Thinking Skills

What you can do What your child is learning
Explore bath books together. Invite your toddler to point to familiar objects. Show them the connection between what they see in the book and things in the “real” world. New words and to love books and reading, anytime, anywhere.
Talk with your toddler about what you are doing together during bath time. Ask questions: Is ducky thirsty? Does ducky need to get washed? That they’re a good communicator, who can develop their own ideas.
Help your toddler become a good problem-solver; for example, by guiding them in how to soap up the sponge or find the page they’re looking for in a book. That they can tackle the challenges they face.

Physical Development

What you can do What your child is learning
Offer your toddler lots of different safe objects to explore in the bath. How to use their fingers and hands to make things work, such as grasping the jug firmly and dunking it in the water before pouring.
Point out the way your toddler uses their body to make things happen, like popping the bath bubbles. That they have a good, strong, body that can do so many great things. This builds positive self-esteem.
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