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What bath toys do you have? - What toys does your child really love in the bath? DS needs some new bath toys! hehe

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We have a set of foam alphabet letters that DD1 got right around age three. She absolutely loved them (and still does) because she was learning the letter sounds and would spell out stuff on the side of the tub (they stick with water).

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Measuring cups, turkey baster, spoons, sponges, bath friendly hairbrush or comb, are all good things for the bath (they also can be easily washed so they don't get all moldy in the parts you don't see).

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Ds really likes his playmobil boats in the bathtub:

http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/dem...720&cgid=1.2.3
http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/dem...739&cgid=1.2.3
http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/dem...1&cgid=Special

I don't let him bring the little tiny pieces in (they could easily go down the drain) but the boats are great in the tub.
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Ds plays with an old shampoo bottle, a plastic beach watering can and a plastic cup (from the kitchen) He has a few "bath toys" but prefers the "toys" I mentioned.

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Ds really likes his playmobil boats in the bathtub:

http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/dem...720&cgid=1.2.3
http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/dem...739&cgid=1.2.3
http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/dem...1&cgid=Special

I don't let him bring the little tiny pieces in (they could easily go down the drain) but the boats are great in the tub.
Same here! And she likes the mermaid and octopus, too.
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Funnels! Combine them with a couple of cups and bottles, and it's hours of entertainment!

Another super favorite "toy" is that bulb syringe that he had as a newborn. It was never actually used for its intended purpose, but it makes a fabulous bath toy! Just remember to pull the curtain or close the doors first!
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ooo - maybe ill have an excuse to buy playmobil after all! lmao

Keep the ideas coming! - We already have various empty bottles/etc to play with in the water and he also has those foam alphabet letters but hes getting tired of them (and already knows his letters and sounds they make! hehe)...they do a similar foam road and car set though I was thinking of getting for him...hmmm....

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I bought a colander at the $1 store and a sand pail. Each is filled with toys and they get rotated.

The colander has kitchen stuff, funnel, spatula, measuring cups, spoon, and a couple of plastic cups.

The bucket has little mermaid toys, dolphins, alligators etc in it.
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Same here.. kitchen supplies. We also like the bath crayons but be sure to wash them right off or they can stain.

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Ds took his plastic marble run into the tub. It was a little tricky but great fun pouring water down it. Maybe it would work better if you had one of those tray set ups that goes across the tub like a little table. I did find a suction cup water run meant for the tub but it doesn't stick to our tiled tub surround. If you have a smooth tub surround, it might work better. It works all right on the tub itself but then you can't fill the tub more than a few inches. I got that at KidSurplus, but like I said it doesn't work that great.

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We bought a plastic siphon at a DIY-home repair type store. That's been a blast lately. We also have crayons for the tub, animals to wash, measuring cups, shaving cream/gel, snorkel/goggles, tea set, and random things I grab from the kitchen (like pie plates, steamer, strainer).

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I think the key is to rotate the "toys" often to keep them interesting. I have 4 kids, and I've finally learned the the best bath toys are just household things that we plop in the tub - any kind of recyclable, the funnels as previously mentioned, sponges, plastic bottles, etc. Also all those plastic toys we seem to accumulate from goody bags and other treats make great bath toys. Right now in the tub is a set of Disney princess cake toppers and a plastic cowboy and horse from the dentist treat box. The kids are having a blast with them! Last time it was plastic dinosaurs and bugs.

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These are the only suggestions I haven't seen already posted, but I don't know if it's going to be helpful

We bought one of those crazy soap molds @ goodwill. We put toys in them (purchased @ Goodwill) & pour the soap mix over the top. They harden with the toy inside. It's like a prize! Her favourite by far has been the mini troll dolls.


Do you have a Goodwill or similar store? Ours has a huge selection of .99 bags that are full of random stuff.

We give my daughter change sporadically so she can buy/do her own little treats (i.e. riding the mechanical horse at Fred Meyer, the cookies or raisins out of the bulk bins etc). I keep her change purse in my bag (or when she carries a purse she has it, obviously )

I ask her if she wants to pick an item to donate & then she can pick out a bag/toy/etc to buy with her change purse. That's how we've accumulated bath toys (& kept the quantity under control)

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Currently it's the turkey baster and some relatively inexpensive natural-ish bubble bath from the health food store. A marble and a plastic basket were a huge hit for a while. A funnel is a good one.

Get a can of shaving cream and spray it on the wall tiles. Fun stuff.

He doesn't play with conventional bath toys. He is allowed to pick from his regular toys before his bath and I tell him if they can go in the water or not.
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