My boys loved our Chanukah bath so much that we continued the holiday fun with a Christmas tree bath. I got out the craft foam again, and set the scene with Christmas trees and candy canes out of foam.
At first I was hesitant to cut out the shapes because, truth be told, I’m not a very artistic person. But I’ve found that kids are very forgiving about not needing perfection. When I held up a star I had cut out to my almost 5 year old, I was prepared to laugh at myself and tell him we might have to skip the stars. Before I could say anything, his eyes lit up, and he exclaimed, “a star!”
After that enthusiasm, I made several more, very imperfect, stars. They joined my boys in the tub, surrounded by lopsided trees, crooked candy canes, and amateur ornaments. The bath was a total hit!
It was a lesson I was happy to learn in not being so critical that I miss out on opportunities to connect with – and delight- my kids.
(Once the foam is wet, it will stick to the wall. And when they dry , or the bath is over, they come right off. (I have never had a problem with the stickers adhering or color transferring to my walls or tub.)