In our house we absolutely love the Montessori philosophy and it touches every area of our daily lives. Even bath time! Over time, what counts as a bath toy in our house has changed in favor of Montessori bath toys.
If you’re new to the world of Montessori, you’ll soon realize that there aren’t really Montessori bath toys.
There are just toys that can fit the Montessori method.
In Montessori, we follow the child.
We try to live by these Montessori quotes.
Instead of thinking of bath toys that are specifically marketed as bath toys, let’s look around at what toys we can use during bath time.
Montessori Bath Toys
Bath Tubes and Pipes
I don't think you can go wrong with a set or two of these bath tubes no matter your educational philosophy. They encourage critical thinking, are great for sensory play, and can be used for years to come. Not to mention, they're great for all ages so are perfect for households with multiple children.
(2 Pack) 3-Ounce Stainless Steel Pouring Pitchers
Few items are more synonymous with Montessori than these stainless pouring pitchers. They're perfect for pouring a small amount of dry rice in your youngest learners but are also perfect for bath time.
I use them with my 3 year old and give her a cup to encourage visual discrimination. Your child will learn to feel the weight of the pitcher and assess how much water is left.
They're extremely versatile and can be used for dozens of Montessori activities outside of the bathroom.
Schleich Animal Figurines
This is one of those items that can be easily repurposed as a bath toy.
Our kids love to give their animal figures a bath and scrub them clean - especially after they get dirty when we use them in sensory activities outside.
4-8" Large Sea Ocean Animals Figurines
These ocean-themed animal figures are also great for Montessori activities, even in the bath.
The key when searching for animal figurines is to look for the most realistic, life-like ones possible.
In Montessori, we try to avoid cartoonish looking items that don't necessarily relate in a child's eyes to the animal in real life.
Learning Resources Jumbo Colorful Eyedroppers, Set of 6 with Stand, Science Class Tools, Sensory Table Accessories
If you don't already have these in your home, you should.
They're great for sensory activities in younger kids, STEM activities in elementary kids, and perfect for bath time!
Bath Toys Water Balls Tracks for Kids for Wall Bathtub
My 6 year old loves to play with this ball track in our shower!
Last Christmas, I was searching for a ball tracker that I thought he'd love and came across this one.
I had never even thought of using a ball tracker in the bathtub but oh my gosh, it's genius and has been a huge hit!
These things are awesome in the bathtub! Fun fact, they're also awesome on your car windows during long road trips!
Honeysticks Bath Crayons for Toddlers & Kids - Handmade from Natural Beeswax
Have you ever used Honeysticks?
There are loads of bathtub crayons on the market, but these ones are non-toxic and great for homes that prefer natural products.
A word of wisdom though, our kids tend to use an entire pack in one epic bath session.
Almost always, if there are arts and crafts available, my kids will choose that option over any of the others.
These are a great way to add some excitement to practicing letters or name-writing. Even basic math equations are more fun when done on the wall of the bathtub or shower!
Crayola Bathtub Fingerpaint
More bathtub art fun. We never use this as body wash, but I usually get these after Christmas in bulk and then bring them out throughout the year.
Flower Garden Building Toy
My 2 and 3 year old daughters love this gardening toy and play with it for a few hours each week.
When they started to lose interest, I moved it to the shower and suddenly they loved it again.
Ours came with a small pitcher so they water their flowers until I finally convince them bathtime is over.
Melissa & Doug Spray, Squirt & Squeegee Play Set
We have a set just like this for practical life activities.
Montessori is all about helping children to do things themselves using items that are sized for them, but resemble the adult version as closely as possible.
These ones fit the bill and are awesome in the bath.
Our kids squeegee our shower, use a sponge on the chrome in our bathrub...
It absolutely has a place in the Montessori bathroom.
Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets Dog Pack Animal Toy
A friend got these for her daughter and we loved them so much, we bought them for our 2 year old's birthday.
While they aren't necessarily Montessori, I think they can definitely have a place in the Montessori home.
I let my daughter color all over one of the animals with the promise that she can clean it when she takes a bath later.
This is great for any kid that doesn't love bathtime.
In Montessori, we follow the child and don't try to force them to take a bath or shower, but it's my belief that a little creative convincing is okay.
What is the harm in getting your shower-resistant child excited to take a bath with their toys? I
Bath Toy Drying Bin
Part of the issue with bath toys in our house is they ALWAYS seem to go moldy.
I never knew how to really take care of them properly and just always kind of abandoned them in the tub when I dried off my kids.
Now I know that a bath toy drying bin is the answer to my issues.
This is the drying bin we use in our house.
I love that I can just scoop the toys, drain the water, and then leave it sitting in the tub.
We used to use a drying bin with suction cups like this one.
How do you dry your toys after bath time? What tricks do you have to keep the mold away?
Let me know in the comments!