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One bathtub idea for kids that's big on fun! Splish splash, it's time for a bath!

Updated on October 10, 2013

Grow Animals


Bath time

Bath time is important for kids, not only should it teach them healthy cleaning habits, it should relax them, and be a comfortable and happy atmosphere. It also promotes bonding and fun! Something about being in and around water is a very natural state-of-being for a human.

I always loved taking a bath as a child. And I still love it as an adult. It's a way to escape from the busyness of life. Don't think that your child won't benefit from that!

Kids work hard at school and play. They also adapt well to the hectic schedules of today's fast paced life, and often don't get breaks. Between school, daycare, aftercare, morning care and summer camps, they work just as hard as adults but in a different way. Kids need relaxation too, and why not make it as fun and memorable as possible?

Toys, bubbles, the sound of warm comforting water, what more could you ask for!?

Well...usually nothing, but I stumbled on a great idea that will surprise and delight any child, and it's so simple it's almost embarrassing!

Most kids are happy to take a bath, but for anyone with stubborn little buddies this should get them jumping right in! If you ever struggled to get your child into the tub, struggle no more!

*It should go without saying, but never leave your child unattended during bath time!

You can also use this same idea for themed pool parties or hot tubs, and it's great for pranks and gags!


This thing was originally only about 1.5 inches in diameter.  It expanded to about 7.5!!
This thing was originally only about 1.5 inches in diameter. It expanded to about 7.5!!

Still growing!!

Grow pets

Grow pets are really fun, cheap, and just silly! They come in a variety of animals, sea life, fruit, monsters, food, lizards, snakes, dinosaurs, and even ones that glow in the dark!

They are also educational and will inspire fun conversations between you and your child! Explain to your children where seahorses live, what a snake eats, how big dinosaurs were when they existed! These funky things promote all kinds of big chats!

They are gooey and slimy and fun to hold! Great for touch therapy! They feel good to squish, squeeze, twist, mush, toss, catch, share and step on. They are bright, colorful and decorative! They promote creative, imaginative play! And they are just plain fun to look at and have!

And when they are removed from water they will shrink back to their original size, so you can store them and use them over and over!

So what are you waiting for? Get growing!

What you'll need

  1. A bathtub, pool, hot tub, or other similar large vessel that can hold water!
  2. A sense of humor!
  3. A large bucket or hole-less laundry basket
  4. Food coloring, other waterproof toys, bubbles or inflatables (all optional)
  5. Grow pets (check your local Dollar Tree, 5-10 animals or even less is enough for this idea)

You can easily keep this entire project under $20. It's really up to you, and how much you want to spend!

11" Growing Creatures!

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Setting up!

  • When you have all your supplies, place your Grow Pets into large containers of water. We used a laundry basket without holes. You'll want to allow them to soak for 3 days to get them to expand to their biggest potential. Most grow 600% larger than their prepacked size! Good luck keeping your kids from playing with them as they expand! For some reason these things hypnotize a kid and draw them near like magnets!
  • When the pets are all grown up, place them in the bath tub and begin running water. Add food coloring or other toys and bubbles! For pool parties, you are only limited by your imagination! We created a "sea life" setting with starfish, sea shells, dolphins, sharks and more. Bath time lasted much longer than usual!

And that's it! Simple right? And so much fun!!


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    • Bishop55 profile image

      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      So glad you'll enjoy it! We are growing another dinosaur and other critters right now. lol

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Bishop55, my kids will definitely love these toys, and have so much fun. What a great idea! Thanks for the ideas.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's really a brilliant idea and I am sure, the kids would love it. When my kids were small, I was always on the lookout for new funny ideas to entertain them. Now, I may try your ideas with my grandchildren!

      Thanks for this interesting hub!

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks teaches. I have no biological children but my husband and I have full custody of his 6 yr old son. So I'm really NEW to this parenting thing. He's a great little boy and I'm always trying to find new fun things he'll love. He actually had this bath again tonight and we could not stop laughing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I remember my grandkids loved the grow pets when they were little. It is such a fun learning expierience too! Great idea for making bathtime enjoyable.