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Move over rubber duckies, there are new bath toys in town! Whether bath time is part of your nightly routine , or you feel lucky to squeeze it in once a week, the time your child spends soaking in the tub is a learning experience. Even the youngest children are learning all the time, especially in everyday moments like bath time.
In her writings on child development, Dr. Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of self-directed and hands-on activities for learning, and what better place for that than the bath? Not only are the types of toys important, but how they are introduced and displayed is key as well. It helps to limit the number of bath toys out at one time, as fewer toys will encourage deeper and more creative play—simply rotating bath toys every few weeks will help keep their interest night after night. Also, creating a space for the child to put away their own toys is an added opportunity for independence, and there are many tub storage options that are free standing or that hang on the tub.
Below are eight Montessori bath toys that will help turn bath time into an engaging part of your child's day.