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25 Best Bath Toys for Older Kids

Updated 14 September 2021

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When you’re an adult, there’s no better time than bath time. But when you’re growing up it can be a different story. Whether they love them or hate them, we all know what states our kids can get into when out playing. But these times don’t have to be all about cleansing. There are tons of cool toys for the bath that keep older kids entertained whilst they wash their latest adventure off.

We’ve picked out 25 amazing bath toys for older kids to enjoy, from colored bath drops and soap-making kits to slime, hippos, sharks, and water pistols. Bathtime never needs to be a chore again. At least until it’s time for the parents to tidy and clean the bathtub afterward…

Not just any bath toy will do the trick, so we’ve only picked out the very best on offer, ruling out any fake reviews to make sure that the toys we’re recommending have been given the thumbs-up by very real – and probably very wet – parents.

Product Name
Best for Colors and Smells
Best for Scientists
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Remote Control Shark Toys Best Gift Pool Toys for Kids 3-12, +Battery Rechargeable Shark Toy for Swimming 2.4GHz RC Boat for 3-10 Year Old Boys and Girls
Unicorn Bath Bombs for Girls with Jewelry Inside Plus Jewelry Box for Kids. - All Natural and Organic with Skin moisturizing Shea Butter. Gentle and Kid Safe Bubble Bath Fizzies with Surprise Toys.
Dino Soap Making Kit for Kids - Dinosaur Science Kits for Kids All Ages - STEM DIY Activity Craft Kits - Crafts Gift for Girls and Boys
Pros
It's a remote control shark for the bath. Enough said
Each bomb has a different scent
Includes a beaker, four pop sticks, and a trimming tool
Cons
Be careful not to drop the remote in the water
You don't which special gift you're gonna get
Does require adult supervision
Price
$29.99
$27.97
$19.99
Our Favourite
Preview
Remote Control Shark Toys Best Gift Pool Toys for Kids 3-12, +Battery Rechargeable Shark Toy for Swimming 2.4GHz RC Boat for 3-10 Year Old Boys and Girls
Pros
It's a remote control shark for the bath. Enough said
Cons
Be careful not to drop the remote in the water
Price
$29.99
More information
Best for Colors and Smells
Product Name
Preview
Unicorn Bath Bombs for Girls with Jewelry Inside Plus Jewelry Box for Kids. - All Natural and Organic with Skin moisturizing Shea Butter. Gentle and Kid Safe Bubble Bath Fizzies with Surprise Toys.
Pros
Each bomb has a different scent
Cons
You don't which special gift you're gonna get
Price
$27.97
More information
Best for Scientists
Preview
Dino Soap Making Kit for Kids - Dinosaur Science Kits for Kids All Ages - STEM DIY Activity Craft Kits - Crafts Gift for Girls and Boys
Pros
Includes a beaker, four pop sticks, and a trimming tool
Cons
Does require adult supervision
Price
$19.99
More information

1Crayola Color Bath Dropz (Best Budget Option)

Crayola Color Bath Dropz (Best Budget Option)

 

These tear-free, non-toxic Crayola Color Bath Dropz add a new dimension to bathtime. Your children will love watching their ordinary bath water change from boring to bright with the drop of one of these color pellets. Of note, the color tabs are fragrance-free. Each pack comes with 60 colorful tablets in a shaker canister; the pop-top lid easily opens when you shake the tabs into the water.

What we love

  • You can add one or more color pellets into the bathwater to easily manipulate the color concentration you hope to achieve
  • These color tablets can be used in nonporous bathtubs and sinks without staining; the colors easily wipe away with a damp cloth

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The color pigmentation of the tablets is quite light, meaning that multiple tablets will need to be used at once to achieve a deep/bright color in the bathtub

2Dan&Darci Soap Making Kit for Kids (Best Quality Option)

Dan&Darci Soap Making Kit for Kids (Best Quality Option)

Your child will delight in washing up with his/her very own bath soaps. This fun crafting kit provides your child with all the materials necessary to hand-make colorful and fragrant soaps. The kit includes wax, coloring, glitter, fragrances, soap base blocks, four molds, four breakers, a removal tool, an instructions manual, and more.

What we love

  • The kit includes enough materials for your child to make up to eight bars of soap
  • Children can customize the soap bars to be single or multi-colored, blended fragrances, glitter or not, etc.

What We Don't Like That Much

  • A microwave-safe measuring cup is needed to adequately measure and melt the wax; one, however, is not included

3 Zimpli Kids Gelli Baff (Best Eco-Friendly Option)

 Zimpli Kids Gelli Baff (Best Eco-Friendly Option)

Whether you’re looking for a fun way to coax your child into the bath or just a cool rainy day activity, be sure to check out Zimpli’s Gelli Baff. This kit takes an ordinary bath to extraordinary by turning bath water into a colorful tub full of tactile and colorful red gel.

What we love

  • The Gelli is completely biodegradable and non-toxic; it will easily dissolve with water and it does not stain
  • It’s safe for your child’s skin and your home’s plumbing; just add the powder to water to create a Gelli Baff

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish it was available in other optional colors besides red; the red is lovely, but blue, green, and purple would be fun too

4Cute Fruit Shaped Bath Brushes

Cute Fruit Shaped Bath Brushes

What cuter way to wash up than with these adorable fruit-shaped sponges. The set comes with four sponges: an avocado, a lemon, a strawberry, and an orange. Each is bright, colorful, and multi-dimensional which makes them look like authentic pieces of fruit. Not only are they fun to play with, but they’re also perfect for scrubbing away the day’s germs.

What we love

  • These are great toys to teach food and color recognition with
  • The gentle sponges are delicate enough to safely exfoliate sensitive skin

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish each sponge was outfitted with a rope from which to hang the sponges to dry after each use

5Unicorn Bath Bombs

Unicorn Bath Bombs

A super fun way to brighten up bath time is with these Unicorn Bath Bombs. Made of all-natural, organic ingredients like moisturizing shea butter, these bath bombs are as nourishing as they are fun. Drop a bath bomb into the warm bath water and watch as they fizz and transform your child’s bathwater into delightful colors.

What we love

  • This set comes with six deliciously scented bath bombs in watermelon, strawberry, pineapple, blueberry, orange, and green apple varieties
  • Each Unicorn Bath Bomb set comes with a surprise unicorn jewelry piece as well as a jewelry organizer

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Each box comes with the same surprise bracelet so don’t purchase multiples if you’re hoping for different pieces each time

6TICZLOE Water Gun

TICZLOE Water Gun

This four-pack of dinosaur squirt guns will elevate your child’s bath time routine to a place of epic fun. The four squirters have yellow handles with adorable red dinosaur bodies. They’re super easy to use: pop the top cap, dunk it in the tub to fill the basin with water, and let it rip.

What we love

  • The squirters have a 10-foot shooting range which is the perfect distance for maintaining the fun to the tub
  • They come in other four-pack varieties including an orange stegosaurus and purple t-rex to name a few

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish each four-pack contained a wider variety of different dinosaur squirt guns, the possibilities are endless!

7Dino Soap Making Kit for Kids

Dino Soap Making Kit for Kids

This dinosaur soap-making kit is a STEM-infused craft that children will enjoy both in and out of the bathtub. With this set, children can create up to six dinosaur-shaped soap bars. The kit includes six soap base blocks, two fragrances (apple and lemon), four color-droppers, glitter, and three dinosaur molds.

What we love

  • The kit includes other useful tools like a beaker, four pop sticks, and a trimming tool, all of which help you make perfect dino soap bars
  • This set includes a handy working tray that contains messes during the molding process

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although this is recommended for children six years old and up, this project requires full adult supervision

8Breyer Horses Color Changing Bath Toy

Breyer Horses Color Changing Bath Toy

This lovely color-changing horse will delight your little one during bathtime. Ella the horse is a beautiful purple and white horse but with one dip in the tub, she changes colors to a pink and white horse with blue streaked hair. Your child will be astounded by the magical change that happens right before his/her eyes.

What we love

  • Ella’s color-changing hair can be brushed and styled using the tiny hairbrush that’s included with the toy
  • Ella comes with a cozy terry cloth bathrobe and an atomizer spray bottle which allows your child to change her colors even out of the bathtub

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Ella’s colors only change in hot water so once the water cools off, she'll return to her natural color

9Honeysticks Bath Crayons

Honeysticks Bath Crayons

These super fun bath crayons are made from natural beeswax and are non-toxic and fragrance-free. The set of Honey Sticks comes with seven crayons in vibrant shades of pink, blue, yellow, brown, red, green, and orange. The crayons are big and chubby which makes them easy to hold for little hands.

What we love

  • The crayons come in a lovely storage tin; conveniently, the tin is outfitted with drainage holes at its base
  • The crayons easily clean off bathtub surfaces with the wipe of a damp cloth leaving no residue behind

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The crayons will melt if the bathwater is too hot or if they’re left outside in the heat

10Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark

This adorable shark and fish hunting game is an excellent way for children to enjoy bath time. This Melissa & Doug toy comes with two blue shark scoop nets and six fish (three yellow and three orange). Simply drop the fish in the bathtub and let your children have a blast “hunting” the fish with the shark scooping nets.

What we love

  • This game is useful in strengthening gross motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination
  • If you make it a bubble bath, you can increase the challenge of hunting the fish

What We Don't Like That Much

  • This game is recommended for six to eight-year-olds as the tiny fish pose a choking hazard for younger children

11Bath Bombs for Kids

Bath Bombs for Kids

This set of giant dinosaur egg bath bombs are a pleasure for your dino lover at bathtime. The six colorful dinosaur eggs are fizzy, colorful bath bombs that turn bath water into a magical place to frolic. The bath bombs are made of 100% natural and organic ingredients so they are gentle on your child’s sensitive skin.

What we love

  • As each egg dissolves into the bathwater, it reveals a surprise toy dinosaur at its core
  • This set of bath bombs also includes six dinosaur learning cards and three dinosaur tattoos

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although once they’re dissolved they won’t do so, if you touch the bath bombs with bare hands they will leave colorful stains on your skin

12Jet Creations Inflatable Ocean Life

Jet Creations Inflatable Ocean Life

These cute inflatable sea creatures turn your bathtub into an oceanic experience for little ones. This set includes four sea creatures including a blue shark, an orange fish, a golden starfish, and a green crab. Each sea creature easily inflates with exhaled air. Your child will love imagining playful scenarios with his/her new bathtub friends.

What we love

  • Each sea creature is outfitted with a hang tab which allows you to easily hang the toys to dry after each bath
  • The sea creature inflatables are rather large, ranging from 20 to 24 inches, making them exceptional for little hands

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although cute nonetheless, we wish the sea creatures had more friendly expressions on their faces

13Baby Shark Bath Art Creations

Baby Shark Bath Art Creations

Calling all “Baby Shark” fans! This set of washable, bathtime art supplies is perfect for your “Baby Shark” loving kiddo. The set includes three paints, 10 bath stickers, and eight bath crayons. Your child will love decorating the bathtub in the colorful musings of his/her imagination.

What we love

  • The set comes with a handy plastic crayon holder that easily stores all eight crayons
  • This toy supports the development of creativity, fine motor skills, and a child’s imagination

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish the stickers were reusable; all ten are dissolvable which means you only get one use out of each

144 Colorful Kids Soap Bars For Kids

4 Colorful Kids Soap Bars For Kids

This set of four fun soaps will entice your child into bathtime and make them excited to wash away the day’s grime. Each bar of soap is colorful and translucent making the encapsulated sea animal toy visible. Once the bar of soap has dissolved, your child will be treated to an exciting toy, making them all the more willing to wash up at bathtime.

What we love

  • These soaps are super fun to collect as there are 24 collectible sea animals in all
  • The soaps are made of gentle, natural ingredients including glycerine which keep your child’s skin soft and moisturized

What We Don't Like That Much

  • There is no way to avoid receiving duplicates when collecting the 24 sea animal toys

15Zimpli Kids Slime Baff Blue

Zimpli Kids Slime Baff Blue

If your child, like most children, enjoys playing with slime, they’ll simply adore a blue slime bath. The eco-friendly, biodegradable slime is safe for your child’s skin and your home’s plumbing. Simply add the slime powder to bath water and watch it transform to bright blue, gooey slime.

What we love

  • After bathtime is over, simply add more water to dilute the slime and watch it easily wash away
  • The gooey slime makes for a wonderful, multi-sensory experience while containing a potential mess to the bathtub

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Slime is slippery so be sure to contain it in the bathtub to avoid slips and falls

16Spring and Summer 3 Piece Magical Mermaid Dolls

Spring and Summer 3 Piece Magical Mermaid Dolls

These sweet bath toys are sure to make your child’s bath time routine a blast. This set includes three beautifully colorful mermaids. Each mermaid measures five inches tall. Simply drop your mermaids into the water, watch them sink to the bottom, and have a blast diving to find them.

What we love

  • Made entirely of water-resistant plastic, the three mermaids dry off in seconds with the wipe of a towel
  • Your child will love imagining living under the sea with one of these sweet mermaids by his/her side

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although they can be reattached without difficulty, the arms do pop off rather easily

17BathBlocks Ball Run & Waterfall

BathBlocks Ball Run & Waterfall

These amazingly fun bath blocks will have your little engineer constructing from the comfort of his/her bathtub. Made of a floatable styrofoam material, this set comes with one building base, 12 blocks, and one ball. The blocks stick together when wet and sudsy to create buildings like a cool ball run.

What we love

  • The blocks come in bright primary colors like yellow, red, green, blue, and orange
  • These bath blocks allow your child to experiment with geometry and math concepts

What We Don't Like That Much

  • We wish this set of bath blocks came with a mesh bag for storing and drying

18JA-RU Fizzy Egg Magic Toy

JA-RU Fizzy Egg Magic Toy

This four-pack of collectible fizzy magic eggs adds an element of surprise to your child’s bath. Each egg is individually wrapped and each contains a surprise animal toy at its core. You simply drop the egg in the water and watch it foam and fizz until it dissipates enough to reveal the surprise toy.

What we love

  • These eggs contain 24 possible collectible toys and are available in three varieties (dinosaur egg, sea egg, or safari egg)
  • Your child will love making an imaginative aquarium with all of his/her new animals in the bathtub

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although they’re fun to watch foam and fizz, the eggs take quite some time to dissolve in the water

19Crayola Color Twist Bath Fizzies

Crayola Color Twist Bath Fizzies

Crayola’s version of bath bombs, these colorful Color Twist Bath Fizzies are intended for children three years old and up. This three-pack of fizzies includes one red bath fizzie, one yellow bath fizzie, and one green bath fizzie. Simply drop the fizzie into the warm bath water and watch it dissolve into a fun bright color.

What we love

  • These make great party favors for crayon-themed or tubby-themed birthday parties
  • The fizzie gentle ingredients give off a lovely scent while making the water super soft

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Each fizzie is supposed to color change to variants of the main color, however, some of the fizzies are one color straight through to its core

20Munchkin Color Buddies Moisturizing

Munchkin Color Buddies Moisturizing

This amazing set of moisturizing, color-changing water tablets turn the bathtime blues into tubby time enjoyment. This set includes two adorable tablet dispensers, one yellow fish and one blue whale. Simply add one of the 20 included tablets into a dispenser and let it float around the bathtub.

What we love

  • As they dissolve, the color tablets will change the water to fun shades of purple, blue, pink, and yellow
  • The tablet dispensers are equipped with safety caps that keep the tablets secured inside

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The tablets are packed fairly tightly, so it’s a rigamarole to free them without making a bit of a mess

21SoapSox Harper the Hippo

SoapSox Harper the Hippo

This adorable purple hippo sponge makes cleaning away the day’s dirt an inviting bath time experience. This terry cloth sponge is outfitted with finger holes for scrubbing and a clever pocket for liquid or bar soap. The hippo is stuffed, making it soft and cuddly so it’s fun for playtime out of the bath too.

What we love

  • An assortment of other animals are available; some of the other animal sponges include an elephant, dragon, whale, or frog
  • Conveniently, this clever hippo sponge is both machine-washable and dryable

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although it would otherwise make a great birthday gift, it doesn’t ship in giftable packaging

2232-Piece 8 Colors Mini Bubble Wands

32-Piece 8 Colors Mini Bubble Wands

This set of colorful mini bubble wands are a great way to spice up bathtime. This set includes a whopping 32 mini bubble wands. The wands come in a variety of eight colors including red, pink, orange, yellow, green, light blue, blue, and purple. Simply unscrew the wand-cap and blow dozens of whimsical mini bubbles.

What we love

  • There are enough wands in this set for a month’s worth of bubble baths
  • Safe for children three years old and up, the bubble soap is non-toxic and gentle on the skin

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although the caps are equipped with holes to hang from a lanyard, a lanyard is not included

23Remote Control Shark Toys

Remote Control Shark Toys

This remote control operated shark toy will turn a mundane bath into an exciting jaunt into shark-infested waters. This blue shark toy, suitable for kids aged three to 12, can be easily operated by the intuitive remote control. Of note, the remote control has the following functions: backward, forward, right, and left.

What we love

  • The shark is equipped with a flexible tail that makes his movements in the water look realistic
  • The remote control comes equipped with two rechargeable batteries; the toy includes a USB charger

What We Don't Like That Much

  • This toy shark’s countenance is a bit intimidating; we wish he donned a friendlier expression

24Bath Bomb Bonanza

Bath Bomb Bonanza

This super-fun, STEM-inspired craft kit allows you and your children to make your very own bath bombs. Included in the set are all the tools you need to make real working bath bombs, such as bath bomb ingredients, molds, tools, parts, and a 12-page instruction manual. Your child can make bright solid-colored or swirly combination-colored bath bombs.

What we love

  • Besides bath bombs, you can also make magic soda foaming eruptions and other silly bath time experiments
  • In addition to spherical bath bombs, the set includes a butterfly, heart, and flower mold

What We Don't Like That Much

  • Although quite adorable, the bath bombs are small, measuring roughly one and a half inches each

25Water Guns 9 Inch 6 Packs for Kids

Water Guns 9 Inch 6 Packs for Kids

This six-pack of water guns makes for a great bathtime water gun fight amongst siblings. Additionally, they would make a really fun toy for improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The set comes with two yellow guns, two orange guns, and two green guns which should limit fighting over which gun belongs to who.

What we love

  • The guns are easy to fill; simply unscrew the water tank and dunk it in the tub to fill
  • The gun uses easy trigger action to squirt the water; the water squirts a distance of up to 20 feet

What We Don't Like That Much

  • The water basin only holds up to 12 ounces so it needs to be refilled frequently

In Conclusion

When I was young, bathtimes rarely involved slime or bombs or waterfalls and the water only changed color if I’d been very muddy before I got in. Today’s kids get the chance to change it to all kinds of colors while playing with their incredible range of toys, even things like the soap-making kits, which seem like a sneaky way to encourage them to actually use some soap.

But it’s not just children who deserve the chance to take some toys into the bath with them. After another long day of parenting, grown-ups might need something like the SipCaddy Shower Beer and Bath Wine Holder to make their own bathtime run more smoothly. 

Of course, before they have their bath, kids need the chance to get good and filthy, so here are our 10 Best Outdoor Playsets and Swing Sets for Older Kids to get them outdoors and having fun.