Forget about fun in the sun. What about fun in the tub? The bathtub can be more than just a place to get squeaky clean. For kids, it can be a miniature water park that’s ready for playtime and good times. Below, we’ve developed a comprehensive list of must-have bath toys for kids you won’t want to miss.
The Best Kids Bath Toys
(Best pouring toy — $$)
Why it’s great: Is your little one an aspiring gardener? Do they have an endless desire to pour water? You’re not alone, parents. And this toy is designed to satisfy. Not only is this flower bath toy safe and adorable, but it also offers the perfect opportunity to work on hand-eye coordination and cause and effect.
Kids have a blast using the mini watering can or toy cups to pour water into their tiny flower garden. In turn, the propeller and flower spin, creating an exciting waterfall effect that will keep them giggling for hours on end.
Keep in mind: The suction cups are a little finicky. You will want to put some extra power when applying the suction cups, so they don’t end up slipping during playtime.
Good for: Younger kids that enjoy pouring water using various vessels.
(Most exciting — $$$)
Why it’s great: The bath bomb craze isn’t over yet, and your child couldn’t be more thrilled. These Lisotera bath bombs are great for boys and girls that want a little surprise and excitement with their bathtime.
Not only do these fun bath bombs bring boring bathwater to life with charming colors and thrilling fizz, but each “bomb” reveals a hidden surprise inside. With gender-neutral prizes hiding inside, your child won’t be able to wait to hop in the tub and see what’s next.
Keep in mind: There is quite a bit of packaging involved with these bath bombs, so be prepared to spend some time opening them before bath time adventures.
Good for: Boys and girls of all ages that love surprises!
(Best multi-pack — $$$)
Why it’s great: Why settle for just one bath toy when you can have three? There’s a whole lot to love with this sensational and super fun Cute Stone Bathtub Slide and Squirting Toys set. Inside the set, you will find a rainbow shower that works with the click of a button.
Kids of all ages will have fun creating a marble run right from their bathtub! Simply stick the slide pieces to the wall, place the balls inside, and let the magic happen. When they’re done enjoying the ride, they can take their chance fishing for dinosaurs or just have a silly squirting war.
Keep in mind: The squirt toys need to be cleaned to avoid mold. Clean by soaking in a hot water and white vinegar mixture. Make sure to suck up the mixture and squirt it out to clean the interior.
Good for: Kids that enjoy a lot of fun little toys and games.
(Most creative — $)
Why it’s great: Fingerpaint on the dining room table? No thanks. Fingerpaint in the bathtub? Absolutely! For the kiddos out there that can’t get enough paint in their lives, they will love these Crayola Bathtub Fingerpaints! (And parents will love the easy cleanup.)
Each pack of bath-friendly fingerpaints comes with five desirable colors, including blue, green, red, pink, and purple. The colors are vibrant and bright, making a statement in the bathtub whether they’re drawing princesses, dragons, flowers, or superheroes. Endless possibilities for kids of all ages!
Keep in mind: It’s easy to use the whole container at once. I recommend divvying up the colors into smaller containers for bath time.
Good for: Little artists that love to use fingerpaint.
(Best boat toy — $$)
Why it’s great: One of the most classic bathtub toys is a boat, and that’s why we had to add this new-and-improved boat to our list of the top 7 bath toys for kids. This boat bath toy is extra fun because it comes with two small cars loaded right into the big boat.
Not only is this toy super fun for imaginary play, but parents will enjoy the fact that it is made from 100% recycled plastic. Environmentally friendly with no BPA, phthalates, PVC, or coatings, it’s a safe option that parents can trust.
Keep in mind: The boat can start to sink if too much water gets inside, so make sure to tell your child to empty it regularly while playing.
Good for: Kids that love boats and imaginary play.
(Most educational — $)
Why it’s great: Combining playtime with education is always a good idea! If your child is anything like mine and loves to spend time in the tub, why not sneak a bit of learning in their bathtime fun?
This Comfytime educational bundle comes with 26 letters and numbers sporting exciting colors that are sure to get your child’s attention. Not only that, but the set comes with two strong mesh bath toy organizers to keep their letters, numbers, and other bathtime staples safe and organized.
Keep in mind: The letters and numbers might have an odd scent. It goes away, but soaking in a water and vinegar solution can speed up the process.
Good for: Younger kids learning their ABCs and numbers.
(Most interactive — $)
Why it’s great: Ring toss, anyone? Ring toss has long been a beloved game played outside, but not anymore. With this fun and interactive toy from Nuby, young kids can bring the joy and excitement of ring toss right to their bathtub.
The Nuby Floating Purple Octopus is a safe and fun toy that comes with three colorful rings your child can toss onto the octopus’ tentacles. This encourages hand-eye coordination while also giving them a quick lesson on shapes.
Keep in mind: This “octopus” only has six legs. Design flaw? Yes. Still fun? Yes.
Good for: Young children that love to play ring toss!
FAQs About Bath Toys for Kids
1. Why do kids need bath toys?
Okay, so kids don’t technically “need” bath toys. But wouldn’t you rather provide a bathtub experience that is more enjoyable for your child? You can put an end to bathtime woes by placing some fun toys in the tub.
Aside from creating a fun space for kids, you can also make it a learning experience. Plenty of these toys are built for imagination and good times but have the element of improving hand-eye coordination or teaching cause-and-effect, too.
2. How often should you change kids’ bath toys?
Any toy that is left in water for an extended period has the potential to build up grime and mold. You can avoid this by making sure that your child’s bath toys are regularly cleaned. Some toys can simply be wiped down and dried after use, while others should be soaked.
The toy that requires the most care is squirting toys since water gets trapped inside. Squirting toys should be soaked in a hot water and vinegar solution. Suck up the mixture and squirt it out a couple of times.
As far as replacement goes, it depends on the toy. Some toys last longer than others. If it’s looking old and grimy, it may be time to replace it. This could be as soon as two months or as long as four months after purchase.
3. Can I clean bath toys in washing machine?
Some bath toys can be cleaned in the washing machine with impeccable results. I recommend placing the bath toys inside a bag, such as a pillowcase, to keep all pieces together. Also, throw in a few towels to reduce the noise and rattling the bath toy is likely to produce.
4. What should I look for when buying bath toys?
The first thing to consider is whether or not your child will like it. Every child has different likes and dislikes. For example, my daughter would love fingerpaint while my son would like the marble run and fishing toy.
Next, consider how easy it is to clean the toy. Bath toys are susceptible to grime build-up and mold. If you don’t want to do extensive cleaning regularly, choose toys that are easy to clean.
Lastly, look for safety. Find toys that are made without BPA or other harmful ingredients. If you’re going green, look for environmentally friendly toys, too.
Bath toys can be a real game-changer for kids, and you can become the bathtime hero with the right toy. Any of these toys are sure to be a hit, whether you have a child that loves to pour water or play ring toss. The key is finding a toy your child will enjoy and engage with while also being the right fit for your family (environmentally-friendly, the right price, easy to clean, etc.)
Who’s ready for some fun in the tub?