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Bath Toys for 3 to 5 Year Olds

Updated on August 15, 2014

Top Bath Toys for Preschoolers Aged 3, 4 and 5 Years Old

My son is currently 4, almost 5 and once I manage to get him in the bath, he loves playing with bath toys. This article rounds up the bath toys he likes to play with as well as the ones I've researched.

When looking for a bath toy bear in mind the following:

Price: Some bath toys don't last for long as they often become slightly mouldy after a few months and need to be replaced (unless you are brilliant at cleaning them). Therefore if you suspect the toy you are buying might be in this category don't spend too much money on it. It's good to read reviews to see if this happens. Also, some of the bath toys my 4 year old loves the most are the cheapest, this includes sticky letters and bath crayons.

Storage: Many bath toys have their own storage bag and containers which is always a bonus as it means you can clear up quickly and easily after bathtime.

Educational factor: Obviously most bath toys are lots of fun as they are designed to get children to enjoy their bath. However, there are many educational ones too which leads to learning in the bath.

Read on for the top bath toys for 3, 4 and 5 year old below.

Bath Stickers

Bath stickers have kept my son occupied in the bath since he was 3. These toys stick to the tiles and sides of the bath. There are lots of great options of bath stickers. My 4 year old is currently obsessed with letters and so loves his letter bath stickers. He is just starting to read so often I will spell a couple of words on the sides of the bath for him to read so these toys can be educational too.

You can get bath stickers which build roads on the side of the bath and more.

When buying look for one with a storage container so you can just throw in all the bits at the end of bathtime.

Alex Toys Rub a Dub Stickers for the Tub
Alex Toys Rub a Dub Stickers for the Tub

Build a busy roadway in your bath! Comes with 6 sections of interconnecting roadway, cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, traffic lights, signs and more! 27 pieces. Comes with a drip dry bag for easy storage.

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub for Tub Fashion
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub for Tub Fashion

Play dress up in the bath. Get 2 foam friends and 32 outfits, along with accessories. Stores easily in a hanging PVC bag.

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Stickers for the Tub ABC's
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Stickers for the Tub ABC's

Learn your ABC's in the tub. Enjoy soft, imaginative fun for the tub with these colorful bathtub stickers. The chubby foam shapes are easy for little hands to hold and stick to the tub or tile when wet.

123 Stickers in the Tub
123 Stickers in the Tub

123 Foam letters make fun in the tub. Stick with soap & water to the wall. Comes with a bag that has suction cups to hold everything neatly inside!


Character Bath Toys

My son has a huge imagination at the moment. Most of his play is full of different characters and especially his ones from his favorite TV shows. There are quite a few themed character toys you can play with in the bath. His favorite his octonauts at the moment (he can't get enough of this show). But you can also get Jake and the Neverland Pirate bath toys and other character bath toys too.

Check some out below.

Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup A Deluxe Vehicle Playset
Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup A Deluxe Vehicle Playset

This is the Octonauts playset that we have and it's designed to go in water but you can also play with it outside the tub too. In water, you can crank the propeller and watch the Gup A glide across the water. And the Gup A's headlights and and antenna will change color in water too.

We always dry it after playing with it in water as you don't want to have any mould growing in the toy. My son will play with it after his bath as well which helps dry it out too.

All the pieces can be stored inside the vehicle for a quick tidy up.

Fisher-Price Jake and the Never Land Pirates Splashin' Bucky Bath
Fisher-Price Jake and the Never Land Pirates Splashin' Bucky Bath

This is a great choice for Jake and the Neverland pirates fans.

It sticks to the wall on the side of the bath and there is lots you can do with it.

You can create a waterslide for Jake by pouring water down the slide. Push the bell off the ship and make a porthole by pouring water on it. And make it rain over the ship by pouring water into the crowsnest

Nickelodeon Fisher-Price Bubble Guppies Molly, Oona, Starfish Bath Squirters
Nickelodeon Fisher-Price Bubble Guppies Molly, Oona, Starfish Bath Squirters

If your kids love the Bubble Guppies, they will love these character bath squirters. They are simple toys but kids do love water squirters. Just squeeze the characters to make the water squirt out.


Art Bath Toys

Another one of my 4 year olds current top bath toys are bath crayons. He loves drawing, scribbling and writing his name on the side of the bath. I do have to clean the bath afterwards but the crayons we use come off really easily. It may be worth just double checking that the crayons you are using come off the bath before you let your preschooler loose. And I would recommend cleaning the bath shortly after use too.

Also don't let them crayon in the grout between tiles as it may be difficult to get off.

If you would prefer not to have them draw on the bath, consider getting a crayola floating art desk. It floats above the child's lap or you can use the suction cups to stick it to the side of the bath.

Crayola Bathtub Crayons, Assorted Colors 9 ea
Crayola Bathtub Crayons, Assorted Colors 9 ea

I like this set of crayons as there are a wide variety of colors.

There are 9, 4 inch crayons in total.


Cars in the Bath

My son is also car mad! To encourage him to get in the bath, I quite often just throw some cars in there and he will drive the cars round the bathtub.

However, there are some fab car toys from hotwheels and other brands that go in the bath to make extra fun too.

Hot Wheels Race Rally Water Park Playset
Hot Wheels Race Rally Water Park Playset

This set looks fab.

It floats in the bath. Send two cars down the twisting ramps and into the water. Tip the fill cup to start the race and see which car is the fastest, use the palm tree diverter to change the cars' direction. The pop-out palm tree denotes which car wins.

Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy, Blue/White
Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy, Blue/White

Green toys make all their toys from recycled materials which is great for the environment.

This ferry boat also comes with 2 cars. Kids will love driving them up and down the ramp.

It floats well and best of all it's easy to clean - you can even put it in the dishwasher.


Disco Bath!

Sometimes when my son is not really in the mood for his bath or just for a special occasion to make bathtime more fun we have what we call a "disco bath."

You can get color changing bath tablets and we put one of these in the water. We put some music on and we have a dim light. Then we blow lots of bubbles, which my little one loves to try to burst. We sing along to the songs too. And we have glowsticks.

I find it great for encourgaing my son to have a bath when he doesn't want to.

Color My Bath Color Changing Bath Tablets, 300-Piece
Color My Bath Color Changing Bath Tablets, 300-Piece

There are 100 large and 200 small bath tablets in this pack and they include the colors red, yellow and blue.


Tips to Get Your Kids in the Bath!

Having two boys, I have my fair share of times when they don't want to have a bath. So as well as a disco bath and different toys I have found lots of other ways to get them in the bath.

Make it quick - Sometimes you're too tired to make a fuss of bathtime and your child is just ready for bed, so promise a quick bath and maybe a treat afterwards (their favorite book or a hot drink). I can bath my kids in 2 minutes when pressed!

Let them help - My son loves to pour bubble bath in the bath. I pour a little bit in the a small tub and let him put it in the bath.

Story time - Sometimes they like me to sit next to them in the bath and tell or read them a story. This is quite calming before bed too.

Musical Toys

There are lots of great musical toys for the bath that are educational too. I love the musical flutes and what a great way to teach children that you can make different sounds and notes by filling the flutes with different amounts of water.

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Water Flutes
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Water Flutes

With these 5 Water Flutes, you can experiment with music and learn to play songs during bath time. Discover different sounds and tones with these real musical flutes that can be tuned with water to create a variety of sounds.

Great for playing with inside or outside the bath.

Just watch your preschooler to make sure they don't end up drinking lots of bath water

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Water Xylophone
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Water Xylophone

float on the water or stick to tub walls. Detachable pieces can be played individually. Includes two mallets and waterproof song sheets. Sounds great out of the tub, too.

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Tub Tunes Water Drums
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Tub Tunes Water Drums

Tub Tunes Drum features two drums that float in the tub. Your child can change the pitch by adjusting the water level inside the drums. Tub Tunes Drum also comes with an easy-to-follow, waterproof rhythm chart.

ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Tub Tunes Symphony
ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Tub Tunes Symphony

If you'd like a huge musical orchestra in your bath, these is a great set. It includes the flutes, drums, mallets and xylophone.


Bath Games and Activities

Check out some of the websites below with bath games and actvities for kids.

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