There are many different items my kids use in the bath for play, other than the traditional bath toys like the rubber duck. And bath time doesn’t just happen at night; my son often has a bath during the day as an activity. Below are seven items my kids use in the bath for play.
1. Empty Plastic Bottles
Clean, empty soft drink bottles act like boats in the water. The lid can be left on so the bottle floats, or removed and filled with water, and poured out again.
2. Milk Bottle Lids
The kids recently had a blast playing with Milk Bottle Lid Boats in the rain. Milk bottle lids are also a fun in the bath. They can be used with or without the sail (the sails can be a hazard so are best for older children and under supervision). The more lids, the better! Kids can blow the lids from one side of the bath to the other.
3. Cups and Bowls
Plastic cups and bowls are gold. Kids can pour water into one from the other, make them float, sink or use them any other way they think of.
4. Plastic Figurines
I have fond memories of playing with plastic animal figures in the bath. They are solid so the water can’t get in which makes them perfect for the bath.
5. Laundry Tub
The humble laundry tub can be turned into a sturdy boat or a desert island in the water.
6. Toddler Discovery Shapes
The laundry tub can also be used to hold discovery shapes for toddlers. After a 2 minute glance around the house, I found these bright things: rubber ball, rectangle cube, plastic spoon, half a plastic egg, silicone cupcake mould, ice-cream shape.
7. Piece of Pipe/Tube
This piece of pipe is my son’s favourite bath ‘toy’. He makes a horn sound, blows bubbles and watches the water swish in side the dip.