Bathtime is a great way to keep routine and, with the right tools in your parenting arsenal, it can also be a way to kill some time (and give you a chance to take a breather). Here are 10 fun things to keep kids busy in the bath. —Jennifer Cox
For the little fisherman or fisherwoman in your life, get the Skip Hop Zoo Bath Fishin Fox. It has three differently sized floating fish plus a weighted hook for easier fishing.
Educate and entertain little ones with colour-changing bath water. This Color Buddies Munchkin set features 20 moisturizing bath bombs and two toy dispensers—they are nontoxic, non-staining and easy to clean, plus the bath bombs contain nourishing vitamin E and shea butter.
The Waddle Bobbers bath toy from Fat Brain Toys was the 2017 Parents’ Choice Award winner for a reason: these penguins can be stacked, they float and you can send them down the slide. And because both the penguins and the iceberg are sealed, you never have to worry about water getting inside.
The Boon Pipes water toy (sold at Chapters) comes in five shapes that can be used individually or put together to make a chain. They suction to the wall, so the water goes back in the tub, not on the floor.
When zombies attack, add this to the bath and hide in the bubbles! Pour the Happy Hippo Bath Company Zombie Dust onto the top of the bath for an eruption of fizz, bubbles and fragrance.
Crayola Color Bath Dropz Tablets dissolve quickly, changing the water to a myriad of bright Crayola colours. The container comes with 60 fragrance-free bathtub tints; mix and match the tints to create all the colours of the rainbow!
Aura Cacia Kids Calming Foam Bath Lavender, sold through Well, contains a calming blend of pure lavender and citrus essential oils, which is a perfect fit for a bedtime routine. The soothing bath will keep them happily playing with their bath toys for a good chunk of time.
Jackpot Candles’ unicorn bath bomb has swirling pink and blue colours and a refreshing tangerine and sweet vanilla scent, plus it’s fun to watch as it fizzes and slowly melts away.
Munchkin bath crayons (available at Walmart) encourages bathtime creativity and easily wash off the tub wall. Let your artist get to work!
Jellies can be suctioned to the shower wall, bathtub or each other, and can be formed into cool shapes and structures. These, from TOMY, are endless fun.