April showers, step aside because…
Halloween showers give kids creative artsy powers, AND keep them entertained and learning while they wash!
Here is my first ever Themed Shower Play for Kids post, with many, many more planned to share with you because my kids had so. much. fun!!
Walking through Michael’s yesterday I saw a jumbo foam pumpkin. It came with foam stickers for decorating the face as a one-time Halloween decorating project. Having seen Growing a Jeweled Rose’s recent Boo Bath post, and with the kids having played with commercially available “bath” foam toys in the past, I knew that foam sticks to things when wet, so I knew I could make a super fun Halloween-themed shower that the kids would love!!
To prepare, I used the various foam sticker pieces that came with the jumbo pumpkin to trace onto regular foam sheets since the stickers obviously wouldn’t do well in water. I cut out all the pieces and then added a bunch more of my own — circles, rectangles, various jack o’lantern mouths, and triangles. I even added an extra pumpkin stem and a leaf shape so the kids could do lots of mixing and matching to create their own pumpkin face creations!
The activity was even more of a hit than I imagined! It was art, it was shape recognition, it was building, it was color practice, and it was creative, seasonal shower FUN!
This is what it looked like when L&L stepped in:
Once their ecstatic giggles subsided, the kids made all kinds of different faces on the pumpkin. Of course some were pretty abstract…
After awhile I realized Luke was monopolizing the pumpkin decorating and Lilah had taken to creating her own shape collages on the shower glass. She made a pirate ship on the water…
and a pumpkin-y face
and Noah’s ark.
I was honestly pretty impressed! But to ensure she was getting a turn with the face decorating, I added a large foam ghost I had also picked up at Michael’s. The ghost came with a face already, so we just used it backwards so it’d be blank slate for the kids.
While I didn’t cut any foam pieces with ghost-decorating specifically in mind, the kids managed just fine!
L&L had as much fun making faces on the ghost as they did on the pumpkin and they alternated taking turns at each.
The possibilities and fun with this activity are endless, and it’s easily adaptable to any season or occasion. It’s artsy, it’s fun, it’s reusable, there’s really no cleanup — it can stay stuck on the walls until the next shower, and instead of fighting you at bath/shower time, your kids will probably be begging to hop in and suds up!
I do have to admit that I couldn’t help making a few faces of my own during my morning shower! I discovered another way to have fun with the materials, too! If you have glass shower walls or a glass shower door, it’s possible to make a face on the glass and “draw” in the features using your fingers.
Concerned about water conservation? Here’s a way to determine whether a bath or shower is “better” in your particular situation: Shower vs. Bath. This activity will easily work in both, so it’s really up to you!
Please Note: Anytime your child is in the bath or shower, close adult supervision is necessary. Foam pieces are not recommended for children who are still putting things in their mouth, as it is possible to bite chunks out of the foam. Also, beware giving your child pieces of foam that are small as they could be a choking hazard.
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