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Bathroom Steps

  • Duration

    short

  • Age

    , toddler, child

  • Skill for Bub

    Mind builder, Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun

Summary

Create a fun path to the potty or the bathroom together that your child will love to follow.

Sometimes when the urge to go suddenly hits during toilet training, children can forget exactly where the bathroom is. This is especially true when they are at friends’ or family members’ homes. To reinforce where the room is that holds their potty or the bathroom, create a fun path to the toilet together that your child will love to follow.

What you’ll need

  • Contact paper or heavy construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Optional materials: washable markers, crayons, stickers

What to do

Cut large shapes out of the contact paper. They can be shapes, like circles or squares, or numbers, your child’s favorite animal, cars, flowers – anything that your child enjoys! Another option is to trace your child’s footprint onto the contact paper and then cut them out. Now it’s really a foot path to the bathroom!

After the shapes have been cut out, they can be used as is, or jazzed up a bit. Your child can colour each one with markers or crayons, or add stickers to add some flair. To make the shapes sturdier, they could be laminated using a home laminator or purchased laminating sheets from the craft store, or a copy store could also do this very inexpensively. Want an even sturdier path? Use leftover indoor-outdoor carpet squares, or purchase a few at the home store.

Have your child lay the pieces out to form his pathway to the bathroom. For fun, have him hop from piece to piece until he reaches that important final destination – the bathroom! When the urge hits, he’ll love following along the path to his potty or the toilet. He can dance, hop or count the pieces on his journey.