How can you get your toddler excited about bath time? Try having toys and tub accessories that make bath time irresistible. Some of our best childhood memories come from the simple pleasures of fun toys at bath time.
The best bath toys for toddlers are simple – sparking imagination and experimentation with water. Toddlers love to scoop and pour and watch what water does as it flows through containers. They also love finding out what floats and what sinks – making boats and bowls a lot of fun. Other popular bath toys make bath time more enjoyable by making the tub comfortable for little occupants. You can find more ideas for making bath time comfortable in our post on helping toddlers who are scared of the bath.
The following bath toys are recommended by parents as the most fun and well loved bath toys for toddlers. This post contains Amazon affiliate links to toys and bath accessories.
Best Bath Toys for Toddlers:
The beginning of making bath time fun is to make sure it feels safe and comfortable first. Many of us can remember the OUCH that comes from bumping into the bath spout. This cute Bath Spout Cover make the spout softer and less likely to cause a bruise or scratch.
The longest lasting bath toys in our house have been a simple set of plastic mixing bowls, measuring cups and a colander. The kids love to float other toys or dolls in the bigger bowls, watch water pour through the colander and use the measuring cups to scoop and pour.
This set of bath toys is easy to grasp, includes a variety of different toys such as one with a paddle and another that can pour. The open holes make for interesting play in bubble baths. This is a nice way to get a set of toys all at once.
What’s awesome about this bath toy is all of the experimentation the pieces allow for. Toddlers can explore cause and effect with the gears, cups and pour spout.
Wind up swimming toys are a classic, and this penguin is adorable.
Similar to the fun of a wind up toy, this toy moves on its own because it has a pull cord that makes the propeller spin pushing the sub through the water.
Looking for a bath toy with long lasting play-ability? This ferry is fun for toddlers, (hey, it’s boat, can’t go wrong there) but will likely still have pretend play value as your toddler turns into a preschooler because of the interesting roll on feature for the cars.
These funny bath toys are a school of 9 Jellyfish that stick and stack with suction cups.
These bath toy balls have rattly, interesting moving pieces inside. They may be a good choice for younger toddlers and babies who like shaking them and seeing what happens when they drop them into the tub. A few reviewers mentioned they like that these stay mold free because of not having any place for mold to hide.
Keep all the bath crayons together in this one simple star shaped crayon. Colors are bright and easily wash off of smooth surfaces. Reviewers mention they are little harder to remove from grout, but using a magic eraser can help.Though the star crayon is not refillable, the crayons do last a long time. If you prefer crayons with less waste, you may consider the Endangered Species Crayons by Sud Smart – which just have a paper wrapper.
One of our family’s favorite bath toys when the kids were toddlers was simply Crayola Washable Finger Paint. The tub makes an ideal place for messy finger painting, and the colors wash down the drain. One mom mentioned that if you have rough surfaces in the bath room like tile with large grout lines or stone, finger paint could offer a better alternative for bath art instead of bath crayons, since the paint is easier to clean.
Toddlers and preschoolers can learn letters and numbers and mainly have a lot of fun sticking these foam letters to the bathtub walls. They are not actually adhesive, but stick due to wetness on smooth surfaces.
Mmm, cookin’ in the bath tub. How about a nice bowl of tub soup? (Of course, this makes me think this is a toy for an older toddler or a preschooler who can understand they really DON’T need to taste the soup…) These foam bath stickers, pot and ladle are good for lots of pretend play. The salt shaker is a favorite with kids as it’s a water squirter with lots of tiny holes to squirt “salt” onto your bath soup.
And finally – to scoop up all those toys you need a bath “scoop and store” This one from Munchkin does the job handily, allowing you to rinse and drain the toys and then hang them up on the included bracket (the bracket attaches with adhesive strips).
Have fun at bath time! If you need more bath activity ideas, here are a few creative ways to make baths fun from My Life and Kids.
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