Adoption & Foster CareChildcareEducationFamily RelationshipsHaving a BabyParentingYouth Programs

How to Make Homemade Bath Toys for Kids

Updated on February 17, 2017
Make bath time fun with these homemade bath toys.
Make bath time fun with these homemade bath toys. | Source

Homemade Toys for Bath Time Fun

As a stay at home mom, I am always looking for budget-friendly ways to have fun with my kids and bath time is no exception to this rule. I recently noticed that many of our bath toys needed to be replaced, so I came up with a few craft projects to make some fun homemade toys without breaking the bank.

If you are interested, read further for a list of supplies and step-by-step directions to create foam bath letters, a fun bathtub fishing game, cute animal shower caps, and a cool pirate ship to take those favorite action figures for a sail around the tub.

Learn Your ABCs and 123s

Our homemade bath letters and numbers,
Our homemade bath letters and numbers, | Source

How to Make Foam Bath Letters

A fun and educational bath toy for kids of all ages is foam bath letters. My boys have always enjoyed sticking these foam toys all over the bath tub wall while trying to create new words. I recently noticed our set had seen better days and was missing a few important letters. Not wanting to pay another 10 dollars for a new set, I stopped by our local Dollar Tree to pick up a pack of brightly colored craft foam sheets to make our homemade letters. Below is a list of supplies you will need and directions for creating your own set.

Supplies:

  • Colored craft foam sheets

  • Letter and number stencils

  • Pen or pencil

  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Using a pen or pencil, trace your letter and number stencils onto the craft foam sheets. Since our stencils were not big enough, I used our old bath set as the stencils.
  2. Cut out the letters and numbers with a pair of scissors. I also cut out some math symbols to help my first grader with his addition and subtraction.
  3. Insert the foam letters and numbers into the water and let your kids have some fun sticking them all over the tub walls.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
The supplies you need to make this bath toy.Use stencils to draw the letters and numbers.Cut out letters and numbers with scissors.Dip in water and stick to bathtub wall.
The supplies you need to make this bath toy.
The supplies you need to make this bath toy. | Source
Use stencils to draw the letters and numbers.
Use stencils to draw the letters and numbers. | Source
Cut out letters and numbers with scissors.
Cut out letters and numbers with scissors. | Source
Dip in water and stick to bathtub wall.
Dip in water and stick to bathtub wall. | Source

Educational Bath Games

You can play several fun games with the foam bath letters and numbers to help children learn:

  • Spelling - Create different words with the letters.
  • Reading - Put small words together to create sentences.
  • Counting - Identify each number and count to 10.
  • Math - Use math symbols to create simple math problems.

Let's Go Fishing!

Our finished bath tub fishing game.
Our finished bath tub fishing game. | Source

How to Make a Bath Tub Fishing Game

Another idea for bath time fun is to create this cool bath tub fishing game for your kids. Similar to the activity we had at my son's ocean themed birthday party, I made a smaller and slightly different version of this game for the bath tub. After you have constructed the pole and cut out the craft foam fish, your kids will enjoy working on their hand-eye coordination as they try to line up the magnets to catch a fish. Here are the supplies you will need and directions for creating this bath game.

Supplies:

  • Small pole (wooden or plastic)

  • String

  • Small round magnets

  • Craft foam sheets

  • Black marker

  • Scissors

  • Glue

Directions:

  1. To create the fishing pole, tie a string around the end of a small wooden or plastic pole. Tie a magnet to the end of the string.

  2. To make the fish, draw the outline and mouth with a black marker on brightly colored craft foam sheets. Cut out each fish shape with a pair of scissors.

  3. Glue a small round magnet to each fish to create the eye. I would suggest using a thicker magnet for the eyes. Our magnets were thin making it difficult for our pole to pick up the fish. If you have this same problem, add a paper clip to the tail of the fish for easier pick up.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
The supplies you will need to create foam fish.Draw and cut out fish shapes on foam sheets.Glue on magnets for eyes.Throw the fish in the tub and start fishing.
The supplies you will need to create foam fish.
The supplies you will need to create foam fish. | Source
Draw and cut out fish shapes on foam sheets.
Draw and cut out fish shapes on foam sheets. | Source
Glue on magnets for eyes.
Glue on magnets for eyes. | Source
Throw the fish in the tub and start fishing.
Throw the fish in the tub and start fishing. | Source

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Our finished shark and whale shower caps.
Our finished shark and whale shower caps. | Source

How to Make Animal Shower Caps

The next homemade bath toy is a fun craft project for parents to make with their kids. All you need is a little imagination to turn a plain shower cap into a fun animal that your child can wear in the bath tub. My boys wanted an ocean animal theme so we came up with our blue shark and black whale shower caps. Here are a list of supplies and directions for creating a fun animal shower cap for your child.

Supplies:

  • Shower cap

  • Waterproof paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Craft foam sheet

  • Scissors

  • Balloon

  • Tape

Directions:

  1. Blow up a balloon and tape the end down on newspaper or a paper towel to protect your table from paint. Fit the shower cap over the balloon.
  2. To create the shark, paint the eyes, mouth, and teeth using red, white, and black paint. When these parts are dry, finish painting the rest of the cap with blue paint.
  3. To create the whale, paint the eyes and mouth using white and black paint. When these parts are dry, finish painting the rest of the cap with black paint.
  4. Cut a large triangle out of a craft foam sheet to use as the fin for your shark or whale. Paint the fin with either blue or black paint to match your ocean animal.
  5. Tape the fin on both sides to make it stand on top of the shower cap. Use either blue or black paint to help blend in the tape on the fin. Make sure the paint is completely dry before use.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
The supplies to create a fun shower cap.Fit shower cap over balloon and paint face.Cut and paint a foam sheet to use as the fin.Paint the remaining parts blue and tape on fin.
The supplies to create a fun shower cap.
The supplies to create a fun shower cap. | Source
Fit shower cap over balloon and paint face.
Fit shower cap over balloon and paint face. | Source
Cut and paint a foam sheet to use as the fin.
Cut and paint a foam sheet to use as the fin. | Source
Paint the remaining parts blue and tape on fin.
Paint the remaining parts blue and tape on fin. | Source

Animal Shower Cap Ideas

Farm Animals
Safari Animals
Ocean Animals
Cow
Monkey
Shark
Duck
Giraffe
Whale
Pig
Zebra
Fish
Horse
Elephant
Dolphin
Dog
Hippo
Crab
Cat
Rhino
Octopus
Frog
Tiger
Turtle

Ahoy, Matey!

Our finished pirate ship for the bath tub.
Our finished pirate ship for the bath tub. | Source

How to Make a Pirate Ship Bath Toy

Our final homemade bath toy is a pirate themed craft project to make with your kids. Turn a couple of plastic water bottles into a fun ship complete with a sail to carry your action figures around the tub. This budget-friendly bath toy was a big hit with both of my little mateys. Below is a list of supplies and directions for creating this ship.

Supplies:

  • Plastic water bottles (2)

  • Duck tape

  • Craft foam sheet

  • Popsicle stick

  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Remove the labels and wash the outside of the water bottles. Once dry, wrap Duck tape around both ends of the bottles to secure them together.

  2. Cut a hole in the middle of both water bottles. The size of these holes will depend on the size of the action figures you want to insert.

  3. Cut a craft foam sheet into the sail shape. Since we used pirate themed Duck tape, I cut 2 squares of the skull and crossbone design - one for the front design of the sail and one to attach the popsicle stick to the back of the sail.
  4. After attaching the popsicle stick, insert the sail between the 2 bottles near the taped part by the caps. Place the action figures into the holes and your kids are ready to sail the high seas!

Click thumbnail to view full-size
The supplies to make your pirate ship.Wrap tape around and cut holes in bottles.Create sail out of foam sheet and popsicle stick.Insert pirate figures and head to the bath tub.
The supplies to make your pirate ship.
The supplies to make your pirate ship. | Source
Wrap tape around and cut holes in bottles.
Wrap tape around and cut holes in bottles. | Source
Create sail out of foam sheet and popsicle stick.
Create sail out of foam sheet and popsicle stick. | Source
Insert pirate figures and head to the bath tub.
Insert pirate figures and head to the bath tub. | Source

DIY Bath Toys

As you can see, all of the above DIY bath toys are super easy to make and very budget-friendly. Already having many of the needed craft supplies at home, I spent a little over $3.00 on four homemade toys that had my boys begging to take a bath every night this week.

If you are looking for more fun and inexpensive craft ideas to make with your kids, be sure to check out Budget-Friendly Crafts for Kids to Make. This article will give you 5 more art projects to keep your kids entertained without spending a fortune.

I hope you have found some fun homemade bath toys to make for your kids. If you have any questions or comments about any of the above projects, feel free to leave these in the comment section below.

Bath Toy Poll

Which homemade bath toy is your favorite?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ms Chievous profile image

      Tina 4 years ago from Wv

      Very Creative! I liked the animal shower caps the best! How do you keep the paint from coming off of the cap though? My son would have that shark swimming all over the bath tub!

    • sharonchristy profile image

      Sharon Christy 4 years ago from India

      Loved that pirate ship idea! and please... when you come up with these lovely ideas don't say it's just for kids. ;) wanna try it out too! :) :D :)

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Ms Chievous! I used a waterproof paint on the caps and then warned my boys not to get them completely wet. Of course my 4 year old went for a swim anyway but the paint stayed on pretty well. My guess is that the caps may last another week or two with my boys before they are completely demolished :) My original idea was to get an all blue shower cap or swimming cap and then add the mouth, eyes, and fin but unfortunately I could only find the clear ones for the shower. If you can find either one of those, it might help your caps last a lot longer. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Too funny sharonchristy! Yes adults can have lots of fun with these bath toys too! I will totally admit that I had to test the pirate ship out to see if it worked before I gave it to the boys haha :D Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

    • profile image

      Sunshine Florida 4 years ago

      Very creative! I must give one a try for my grandson. I love the fishing idea! Not only can my grandson play with them in the tub, but in his kiddie pool as well. Thanks for these ideas! Simple, cheap and fun.

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Sunshine Florida! Yes the fishing game works great for kiddie pools too! A small fishing net also works well if you don't want to make the pole. Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted Awesome, Useful, Interesting, and UP!!! Very creative ideas for little ones!!! I wish my kids were still little enough to enjoy these very cool ideas!!! Thanks for sharing your craft ideas!!!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      My, your boys are lucky to have such a creative Mom. LOVE the animal shower caps. I'll bet the fishing game is fun. This is a great way to get reluctant kids to take a bath. I need to incorporate some incentive to get my dogs to like baths . They hate them! It's nice to see you today , Alissa.

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are adorable ideas and I love the photos that go with it. You truly don't need much money to entertain kids; their imaginations are alive. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      You did a great job with this set of toys! I voted on the foam numbers and letters, but I would rate the fishing game right up there with it. Thanks for the simple instructions and the links for more info.

    • ChaplinSpeaks profile image

      Sarah Johnson 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      I love them all, but the shower cap bath craft is my favorite! So awesome that you got so much out of $3.00. Definitely sharing this one.

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much for all the votes Patty! Your sweet comments just put a big smile on my face :) Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      So good to see you and read your sweet comments Rebecca! With these toys, I had no problem getting the boys to hop in the bath this week! Too bad they couldn't work for your dogs :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much vespawoolf! You are so right about not having to spend a lot of money - my boys have so many pirate ships it's not even funny but somehow making one out of plastic bottles was just awesome to them! I really appreciate the vote up and for the share!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much RTalloni! They were all so much fun to make and got those stinky little boys in the tub without a fuss :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks CS! I loved the shower caps too! The boys are already talking about which animal they are going to make next :) Appreciate your visit and for the share!

    • cardelean profile image

      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      I *love* these ideas. I was just noticing the same thing about our bath toys and I was avoiding spending the money on new ones. I already have some foam so I guess I'll be giving those letters and numbers a try! Sharing this one!

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      Are you kidding me!? This hub is so fun! Creative ideas, super easy craft projects, and endless bathtub fun for kids (and grown-ups). I would have never even thought to make homemade bath toys until this article, Alissa. Super great stuff! This is a must share hub!

      HubHugs~

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Cara! It is amazing how fast those bath toys can get dirty. These homemade toys can save some serious money. Hope the kids enjoy their new set of letters and numbers! Appreciate you stopping by and for the share!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments K9! The boys had a blast in the tub this past week with all of their new toys. Some nights I thought I was going to have to drag them out of there before they shriveled up :) Appreciate your visit and for the share!

    • Teresa Coppens profile image

      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fantastic bath toys. I wish my boys were small again. They would have loved each and every one of these toys. Fantastic layout, pictures, everything, Alissa!!!!!!

    • randomcreative profile image

      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I always enjoy your kid craft articles! These are all wonderful suggestions and so simple. These ideas would work well in a classroom water table, too.

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aww thanks so much Teresa! Your sweet comments just put a big smile on my face and totally made my day :) Appreciate you stopping by!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Rose! Yes, these toys could be so much fun in a classroom water table too - thanks for mentioning that great idea! Appreciate you stopping by!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My vote is on the pirate ship bath toy. It would provide hours of fun for any child. I love your creative talents on this subject and wish I would have had access to it during my son's early years. Voted up.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very cute and innovative!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks teaches! That pirate ship has now carried pirates, cowboys, and soldiers across the high seas of our tub :) It's funny how something so simple has created so much bath time fun. Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Denise! :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

    • hisandhers profile image

      hisandhers 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      These are incredible! You are so creative.

    • alissaroberts profile image
      Author

      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aww thanks so much hisandhers! Your sweet comments made my day! Appreciate you stopping by!

    • ilikegames profile image

      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      Wow, can I borrow just half of your creativity? These are amazing!

    Click to Rate This Article