One of the most overlooked play areas in the home is the bathtub! Bathtime provides a great opportunity for kids to learn and play while washing up before bedtime. Plus, a daytime bath is a great way to break up the day and entertain a bored or cranky toddler.
To make bathtime successful, we recommend having a small collection of bath toys for your child. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites below. Add a few of these to your routine, and your child won’t want to leave the bathtub until long after their fingers are wrinkly.
BOON BATH PIPES ($14.99)
I bet you never thought leaky pipes in the bathroom could be fun! These bath pipes come in five shapes that can be used individually or put together to make a chain. They suction to the wall, so the water goes back right back into the tub.
NUBY OCTOPUS HOOPLA BATHTIME TOY ($6.99)
What has eight legs and makes bath time more enjoyable? Nuby’s Floating Octopus, of course! This engaging toy comes with one floating octopus and three rings to toss on the octopus’ tentacles. It helps to develop hand-eye coordination and will quickly become a bathtime favorite.
STEM DISCOVERY BATH BLOCKS ($24.99)
The most educational toys are often the simplest ones because they provide many possibilities to create and explore. Bring classic block play into the bath with these fun bocks. They float and stick together, creating lots of building opportunities.
HABA BUBBLE BATH WHISK ($9.99)
Is there anything more exciting than a bubble bath? Well, what about more bubbles?! Just stick the bath whisk into the water, turn the crank, and your little one will have fantastic foaming bubbles. Time to dump in the soap and whisk up some fun!
MUNCHKIN FISHIN BATH TOY ($8.99)
There’s about to be some reel bathtime fun! This bath toy set includes a magnetic fishing rod and three underwater bobbing characters for your child to catch, and the reel even makes a realistic clicking sound!
FAT BRAIN TOYS SQUIGZ STARTER SET ($25.95)
Squigz are fun little suckers. Made of 100% silicone, these suction cup builders stick to any solid, non-porous surface (like the bath!) and even each other. And when you separate them, they make a fun popping noise. Now, if only they could also shampoo your toddler’s hair!
OCEAN SEA ANIMALS ($31.99)
Calling all future marine biologists! This set of 12 realistic assorted ocean sea animals are waterproof and ready for their deep-sea adventure. All the fun but without the trip to the aquarium.
GREEN TOYS FERRY BOAT ($26.99)
Unlike other ferry boats, this one is constructed entirely from recycled milk jugs. But similar to real ones, it also floats on the water! It features a spacious cargo area, a slide-out ramp, and even comes with two mini cars. All aboard for bathtime!
All the fun of squirting toys without the worry of mold! This set includes three, two-piece silicone bath toys, that are interchangeable for various mixing-and-matching options. And once bathtime is over, open them up to dry them or wash them in the dishwasher. Toddler bath time: part necessity, part fun!
GREEN TOYS STACKING CUPS ($10.99)
These six graduated cups provide lots of opportunities for bath time! Stack them, nest them, scoop them, and pour them. Made from 100% recycled milk jugs, each cup is numbered on the bottom from 1 to 6 and is volumetrically accurate, making it a fun toy for years to come. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe.
THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH BOOK ($5.99)
The Pigeon really needs a bath, except, Pigeon’s not so sure about that. The Pigeon Needs a Bath Book is a Mo Willems’ fan-favorite condensed in a bath book format. Read about taking a bath while taking a bath – so meta!
MOLUK PLUI RAIN CLOUD BATH TOY ($13.99)
A charming bath toy with a touch of magic. Fill it with water, let it rain, and then make it stop with the touch of a finger over the top hole. This toy illustrates the water cycle and turns kids into little rainmakers. Simple physics, without having to buy a textbook.
CRAYOLA BATH DROPZ ($19.00)
Turn bath time into fun time with these colorful bath drops. Each fragrance-free tablet is tinted a specific crayon color! Dissolve one or several tablets to infuse water with bright colors. And don’t worry, they don’t stain skin, towels or tubs.
MUNCHKIN LETTERS AND NUMBERS ($6.99)
A, B, C, and 1, 2, 3, everyone will shout with glee…when you bring out the bath letters and numbers at bathtime! Colorful foam shapes and numbers float and stick to tub walls when wet so – splish, splash, when they’re taking a bath, throw in a little learning, too.
For our littlest bathers, this adorable set includes two fun characters and two whirly toys that spin and rattle, stimulating baby’s sense of sight, hearing, and touch. They are sized for little hands to hold and are perfect for baby’s first bath toy.
BOON WATER CREATURES AND NET ($7.99)
Set these floating bugs free in the bath and watch kids scoop them up with the net. Hook, line, and sinker – this will be your toddler’s favorite new bath toy.
MUNCHKIN WIND-UP SHARK BATH TOY ($6.99)
It’s Shark Week in bathtub land! This wind-up bath toy comes equipped with a floatie and a smile, while it floats, swims, and spins. And best of all, it requires no batteries to move its way through the tub – instead just wind up the bottom fin!