Garden Themed Bath with Fizzing Dirt and Real Bugs

I touched a bit on our garden themed bath in my last post but I wanted to take a minute and talk abit about the details of the bath because it just was so simple and fun. LittleMan really loved it.

I got the idea for a garden themed bath from Bath Activities for Kids, which is run by the same woman who writes Growing A Jeweled Rose– both excellent sites for messy play inspiration.

Garden Themed Bath from Suzy Homeschooler (1)

I started out by dying the water green with some food coloring, then I threw some silk flowers and flower petals we had laying around into the water. I laid out pine cones, fake bugs, real bugs [dead and preserved], and a magnifying glass to observe all of these things.

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I also put out silicone baking cups full of “bath dirt,” a recipe I found at Bath Activities for Kids which is simply baking soda, water, and food coloring. It feels pretty dang similar to actual dirt, but it dissolved in the water.

And of course, whats dirt without seeds? I didn’t have any old seed packets on hand, so I labeled a ziploc baggie “seeds” and threw some pinto beans inside. Add some spoons to use as shovels and we were good to go.

Garden Themed Bath from Suzy Homeschooler (3)

LittleMan especially loved getting to water his newly planted seeds with his special spray bottle (full of vinegar). Even SunnyGirl got a kick out of the dirt fizzing!

This entire bath took less than 15 minutes to assemble, from mixing the paint and the dirt, to placing everything around the tub and drawing the water. Best of all, it was free since we had everything we needed already on hand. The kids loved it and it prompted a nice conversation about what plants need in order to grow.

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