Sick Of The Plastic Bath Tub Toys?
Bath toys. The bane of my husbands morning. Gathering up all of our daughters bath toys that cover the whole tub before his morning shower will be something he will not miss as she grows out of insisting on bringing ALL the toys in with her. In her two years of life, she has already amassed a large amount of objects for her bath and is always looking for new additions. She used to have rubber tucks and little water squirting toys but since I discovered how disgusting these toys really are because of all of the bacteria they harbor inside and when I saw her squirt the dirty water into her mouth, I decided goodby duckies!
For kids to have fun during bath time it really doesn’t take much! Instead of buying new bath toys or more plastic and rubber to fill up your tube and our landfills, you can just turn to nature to find some alternative bath toys for hours of fun. Here is a list of fun nature additions we have added into our bath times for extra fun!
A recent trip to Florida with family gave us this newest inspiration. While at the beach, we would collect all sorts of shapes of shells and brought our favorites back to Colorado.
- Fill up the bathtub with bubbles, put on a pair of goggles and go “scuba diving” for sea shells.
- Use some of the bigger sea shells as spoons or bowls and have a mermaid tea party.
- Gather them up and make a sea shell crown.
- Try to choose shells of different shapes and textures and talk to your kids about the differences.
Just be sure to pick these all up before the next person get’s into the shower! You wouldn’t want to step on one on accident!
- Take a walk around the neighborhood or your own garden and gather some flower petals. When you get home put them into the bathtub or in a bowl in the bath. Mix up a magic potion or pretend tea.
- For an added benefit use rose petals to soften the skin.
- Dandelion will help to renew the skin.
- Eucalyptus is great to add in if your child has a cold or difficulty breathing.
When picking flowers to put in the bath, be sure to avoid using any plants that have been sprayed or exposed to chemicals. They will after all be in the bath with your tot and absorbed through the skin.
Flowers can be fragrant too and not just colorful. The benefit of adding herbs in your tube varies greatly from plant to plant. Play around here with scent and play around with different scent combinations.
To help make clean up easier, place the herbs in a reusable tea bag or in a muslin cloth bag.
Get your child involved in making special combinations for gifts for others by mixing the herbs with epsom salts.
A few great herbs that are easy to gather include:
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Grated ginger.
Drift Wood Pieces
Create little boats with wine bottle corks or from sticks and twine. You can also buy drift wood pieces on Amazon (of course).
If you can get your hands on some clean drift wood or even recycle wine bottle corks, you can use these to create floating boats for a bathtub boat race! For inspiration.
Have you tried some other bath toy alternatives that your kiddos love? Shout it out! We can always use new ideas to keep bath time fun.