I am a big fan of super easy play ideas, and bath time is no exception. Fortunately, kids love ‘simple’ too! In this post we share a few of our top, easy toddler bath toys: nothing fancy, clever, difficult or time consuming; but rather, simply gathering a few recycled or commonly found items from around the house as well as a couple of favourite toys can make bath time a more fun play space!
We have always loved simple play ideas for the bath and have previously posted about a few of our favourite Baby Bath Time Play Spaces.
By far, our most popular bath toys have been a few recycled plastic (yoghurt) containers and old pump bottles. We also found a home for ‘teether toys’ in the bath, because chew toys have a sensory regulating and calming effect… and also, they are pretty cute!
Plastic cups and scoops – transferring, tipping, ‘cooking’, stacking, balancing, lining up on the edge of the bath and crashing down…
*Note: the little coloured balls floating on water inside a cup of matching colour are in fact ‘cupcakes’! We’ve eaten plenty of these tasty treats!
Special rocks collected from walks out and about, and Traffic Light Rocks, cars, trucks, diggers and flying machines have all gone through a ‘car wash’…
Coloured ‘ball pit’ balls are frequently tipped into the bath, which is spectacular in itself, but sometimes, our toy holder/basket is suctioned onto the tiled wall up high for a game of ‘bath basketball’! As well as these balls, we adore coloured balloons in the bath.
For a noisy, musical bath time, stainless steel mixing bowls and a spoon make a FABULOUS floating drum kit in the bath! Balancing the ‘right’ way up, they are great for imaginative play such as ‘cooking’ (bubble soup maybe?), and a more ‘Zen’ style music, as they gently chime against the edge of the bath.
Finally, we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our coloured baths, like our Blue bath, and this wicked, green tea party pictured! Food colouring, and a quick gathering of plastic items in the kitchen or toy cupboard of that specific colour. Our son loves tipping concentrated coloured water into the bath himself, watching the colour swirl around the entire bath.
What are your kids’ all time favourite, simple bath toys? Leave me a comment below!