Easy & Fun Bath Toy Crafts to Make Your Own DIY Bath Toys

This bath toy craft project turns ordinary craft supplies into homemade bath toys that are super simple and fun to make! All you need are foam craft sheets, permanent marker and a pair of scissors and a few minutes you will have some new favorite bath toys customized for what your toddler or preschooler loves.

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Let’s make bath toys!

Homemade Bath Toys for Kids

There is a lot of do-it-yourself, creating at our house.   It’s fun to see how taking a child’s lead can turn into a great play idea. My daughter has been attending swimming lessons and commented that the floats the children use are cool, because they stick to the side of the pool walls.

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How to Make Bath Toys

A suggestion from me that the foam craft sheets we have in our making box might be sticky too, if she made them wet, sparked an idea: she could make her own bath toys – great to use in conjunction with painting in the bath tub!

Supplies Needed for Bath Toy Craft

Easy Directions for Bath Toy Craft

Step 1

Take a pack of foam craft sheets and draw some pictures on them using a permanent marker (as you don’t want your designs to wash away.)

My daughter has always loved mermaids, so that was the inspiration for her toys, and she added star fish, an octopus, seaweed and fish to create an under-water world. Anything goes though – pirates or sharks fit with the water theme but you could draw fairytale characters or even self portraits.

Tip:  Grab one of our easy how to draw tutorials to make one of these fun drawings:

homemade toys for bath time

Step 2

Cut out your shapes with scissors.

Even though you’ll supervise your young children any time they’re playing with water it’s still a good idea to make your baths toys big enough so they don’t pose a choking hazard and also so they’re not small enough to head down the plughole.

homemade toys for bath time

Step 3

Time to play!

Take your foam characters in to the bathtub with you and as soon as they are wet you’ll be able to stick them on the side of the bathtub and enjoy creating some bath time adventures with them – this could lead to some interesting impromptu storytelling.

homemade toys for bath time

More Bath Time Activities & Fun

You don’t have to stop at just using some foam characters. Why not add a little food coloring to your bath water to really set the scene for some imaginary play?

Bath time is a great opportunity for your children to enjoy some sensory play. They’ll be splashing around any way so why not add in some extra elements. Freeze ice cubes with some food coloring in and add them to the tub or fill some water pistols with colored water. 

Did your kids love the homemade bath toys?


  1. Quick and easy! I think I have some of these foam sheets lying around. Now to figure out something very simple to draw, so I will be sure that my son can figure out my pictures. 🙂

  2. So simple, and yet perfect! I will definitely be doing this. Anything to make my Son a little more eager to get into the bathtub before bed 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. I imagine you could even make themes for holidays or birthdays.

  4. We tried this before and the foam pieces left color stains on the bath tub so be careful! I’m not sure if all of the foam sheets will do it or just certain ones.

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