If you've ever found yourself looking at a fifteen-dollar plastic bath toy and thinking, "What the heck?" then this post is for you. Sure, it's easy to drop hundreds of dollars on cute toys, but in my experience, the most popular bathtime toys are the following items scavenged from the kitchen cupboards:
- plastic funnels
- bulb-style basters
- basting brushes
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- colanders and strainers
- egg beaters
- slotted spoons
Maybe not all of these gizmos are as colorful as specially designated tub toys, but you know what? Kids don't care. They love using the same tools that grown-ups use, even if their application is a bit different. Don't believe me? Drop a dollop of bubble bath in the water and hand your kid a whisk or egg beater. Watch the good times ensue.
Now, there are a few things to note with this approach:
Obviously, these implements should be made of plastic (or stainless steel for older kids) and, if younger children will be using them, you need to make sure that there are no pinchy bits or removable small parts.
And it goes without saying that once these have served as bath toys, you're not going to want to use them in the kitchen again. Consider the bathroom a fun retirement home for your old utensils. And if you're not yet ready to retire any utensils, you can pick up most of these items inexpensively at dollar stores or department stores.
How about you? What kinds of household items have you repurposed as bathtub toys?