Bath time: Munchkin bath toys

Bath time in the Cawood house is all about fun (and of course getting clean!). We  were offered a range of toys from the Munckin range to try out, and the boys loved them!

 These Munchkin bath dunkers provided much fun and lots of laughter. Easily attached to tiles with suction cups you basically have bath basketball. The kids found this great fun and I was impressed with the ability to close the net afterwards via drawstring so that I could store the balls which come in the form of very cute coloured creatures.

Next up were these glowing Disco Lights Bath Tub Toys. These cute shapes that come in assorted designs literally light up and kept both boys occupied, searching under the bubbles for them. Again suction cups meant they could be attached to the side of the bath. I store ours in the bath dunker hoop.

The Munchkin Alphabet shapes were another big hit. The 17m old loved the colours, shapes and textures and spent ages handling them, and the eldest (5yr old), well as you can see, he thoroughly enjoyed sticking them to the tiles and spelling out words.

Last but not least we have the Munchkin Heat Sensing Bath Grippy Dots. The name says it all really, they change colour to alert the parent if the water is too hot and provide a valuable and attractive safety feature to reduce the risk of slipping in the bath.

In truth I hadn’t heard of the Munchkin range before it was sent out to me and further investigation on Kiddicare, one of my favourite sites for all things kid-related shows not just these items but a huge range of fun and useful products that can make family life easier.

Overall, the kids and the parents give this range a 9/10.

Quick and fun water activities for toddlers

Thanks to Helen Lindop for today’s guest post! Helen is mum to two toddlers and blogs about running a business around a young family at She’s also just started a new blog at

My toddlers are fascinated by water – pouring, stirring, splashing and even throwing it! Getting the paddling pool out is great fun, but sometimes the weather just isn’t warm enough or you don’t have the time to set it all up then dry up afterwards.

So here are some quick and easy water activities that can be done outside even on cooler days. Just put on waterproof clothing and wellies if it’s too chilly for a swimsuit.

1. Bucket of bubbles

This one keeps my toddlers amused for ages. Get a clean bucket (adult-sized) and half-fill with water. Add a good squirt of washing-up liquid and stir the water vigorously with a whisk (or something similar) until the bubbles are coming up to the top of the bucket. Then add cups, bottles, spoons, funnels, watering cans and any other containers you can find. My two and three-year-olds love scooping up bubbles, pouring them, trailing them across the ground and making me ‘cups of tea’!

2. Water containers

Fill a few bowls and buckets with water and place them around the garden. Add some cups, pans and bottles and your toddler will carry cups of water from one to the other. You could even put a few spots of food colouring in the buckets.

We found a short section of clean plastic guttering that was left over from some repairs on our house. The kids loved propping up one end of the guttering then pouring water, leaves and small toys down the little river they’d created. (Just make sure there are no sharp edges on the guttering.)

3. Water painting

Give your toddler a bucket of water and a clean paintbrush (the type you’d use for decorating your house), then let them ‘paint’ paths, fences, walls or anything else they fancy.

There’s nothing to clean up because it’s only water. This is one of the few activities where the play area might even be cleaner after the kids have finished than it was when they started!

4. Dolly’s laundrette

Have a pint-sized wash-day with a bowl of bubbly water and dolly clothes. Give your toddler some pegs and a washing line to hang the clothes on afterwards.

5. The bath

If the weather is just too cold, give your toddler an extra-long bath-time instead so you can both stay warm!