Bath time is a fun time for many kids, but not all kids like taking a bath. For some parents, getting their kids to take a bath becomes an all-out war. Parents ask their kids to take a bath, but delay tactics come into play. Excuse after excuse puts off bath time indefinitely. Some kids put off taking a bath until parents finally lose their temper and demand their kids take a bath. After the obstinate kids finally get in the bath with the bath water running, parents assume the kids are actually washing themselves.
Lo and behold, parents of kids who don’t like taking a bath sometimes discover the kids didn’t even wash their hair let alone their dirty bodies. Suspicious parents of kids who don’t like taking a bath demand to smell their kid’s supposedly clean hair and find it doesn’t smell at all like shampoo. Matter of fact, after a long leisurely bath and several gallons of hot water, the kid’s hair smells like nothing more than dirty hair. After reluctantly smelling an arm they realized their kids did nothing more than get in the tub, lounge in the bath awhile, and hop right back out thinking they’ve fooled their parents. After discovering the kids didn’t take a bath, it’s back to the bathtub for another round. Bath water has been wasted and tempers are flaring.
Getting kids to take a bath and take a bath properly is a constant problem many parents face. Many kids who don’t like taking a bath simply don’t want to stop what they’re doing in order to take the dreaded bath. Other kids don’t want to exert the effort involved in taking a bath, and they simply don’t care if they’re dirty. Other kids who don’t like baths find bath time boring, and then there are kids who just don’t want to bother with a bath.
If your kid doesn’t like taking a bath, you can make bath time more fun and encourage him or her to take a bath and take it properly. Consider making the following homemade bath soaps to make bath time fun for kids who don’t like to take a bath. Include your kids in making these fun bath soaps, and they’ll be more likely to take a bath and take that bath willingly.
Homemade Bubble Bath Gel
Homemade bubble bath gel is lots of fun. It’s fun to make, and this colorful bubble bath gel is a great way to encourage kids to take a bubble bath. Bribe kids who don’t want to take a bath with the promise of making a batch of bubble bath gel, and bath time woes could go down the drain.
1 packet of clear unflavored gelatin
½ cup of clear liquid bath soap
3/4 cup of water
Essential oils of your choice
A clear plastic jar with a lid
Boil the water either in a microwave or on top of the stove. Slowly add the boiling water to the gelatin, and stir it until it dissolves completely. As the mixture is cooling, combine and stir in the liquid soap, essential oil of your choice, and several drops of food coloring. After the bubble bath gel is sufficiently cool, carefully pour it into a clean plastic jar, put the lid on, and place it in the refrigerator until it’s firm.
Next time your kids complain about taking a bath, pull out the bottle of colorful homemade bath gel, and pour a sufficient amount under running water. Chances are, the kids that didn’t want to take a bath will love taking a bath with this homemade bubble bath gel.
Homemade Bath Crayons
Bath crayons are lots of fun, and kids who don’t usually like to take a bath will often take a bath if they have a selection of bath crayons to use in the tub. Consider making a batch of colorful bath crayons. Have your kids help with the process of making the bath crayons, and they will ask when it’s time for their next bath. Your kids will be squeaky clean, and it will be hard to get them out of the tub.
2 cups of mild white soap, grated
½ cup of warm water
8 – 12 drops of food coloring
Ice cube trays
In a large bowl, mix the grated soap with the warm water and food coloring of your choice. Combine the mixture with your hands until it is well-blended and forms a ball. Press the colored soap into ice cube trays, and place it in the freezer for a few hours. Remove the soap from the freezer, and allow it to set undisturbed until it dries and hardens. After the soap hardens, pop it from the ice cube trays and give it to your kids when it’s time for a bath. Kids who didn’t want to take a bath will look forward to bath time with anticipation.
Homemade Bath Fizz Tablets
If you’ve ever tried bath fizz tablets in your bath water, you know how much fun they are, especially for kids. If your kids don’t like taking a bath, consider making a batch of bath fizz tablets. These bath fizz tablets are as fun to make as they are to toss into the bath.
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
1/4 cup of baking soda
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of essential oil of your choice
Mix the first three ingredients in a small bowl. Melt the coconut oil in another bowl in a microwave or on the stove over a low flame. After the coconut oil is melted, slowly stir in essential oil of your choice, and several drops of food coloring. Mix in the first three ingredients, and shape the mixture into tablets approximately an inch in diameter. Allow the tablets to dry overnight, and place them in a dry airtight container.
Kids will beg to take a bath if they can try these fun homemade bath fizz tablets. They are as fun to make as they are to use. Include your kids in making a batch of these fun bath fizz tablets today.
Homemade Bath Time Fingerpaint
Kids love to fingerpaint, but fingerpaint is something you only give to your enemy’s kids, right? If your kids love to fingerpaint but hate taking a bath, try combining fingerpaint with the bath and you’ll have a winning combination. In the bath, fingerpaint won’t make a mess, and messy kids will take the bath you’ve been trying to get them to take.
2/3 cup clear bath gel
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Food coloring in colors of your choice
Small containers with lids
Mix together the clear bath gel and cornstarch. Put equal amounts of the mixture in individual containers, and add a different color of food coloring to each container. Mix each container thoroughly to remove any lumps and blend the colors. Kids who didn’t want to take a bath will suddenly start asking to take a bath if they can use this fun bath time finger paint.
Stress the Importance of Taking a Bath
In addition to trying fun homemade bath soaps, there are ways of stressing the importance of taking a bath without raising your voice or losing your temper. Ask your kids who don’t like to take a bath if they know of anyone who is dirty that doesn’t seem to care about their hair or teeth. Ask your kids if they’ve ever been around someone that smells bad. Chances are your kids know of at least one other person that fits this description. Ask your kids if others want to sit by that person, and ask what they think of him or her. After you get the answers you’re expecting, let your kids know if they don’t take a bath on a regular basis and take baths properly, no one will want to come near them. This realization might be enough to make your kids realize that bath time isn’t as bad as the outcome of their peers thinking of them as a dirty person.