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10 Best SpongeBob Toys for Kids in 2019

last updated Apr 25, 2019

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants!” SpongeBob is one of the most popular Nickelodeon shows, still to this day! While this sponge is not only a favorite among children, adults love him too. SpongeBob SquarePants is a well-known sponge who lives in an underwater city known as Bikini Bottom. He loves his job at the Krusty Krab and loves all of his friends-–especially his pet snail, Gary. Having a pet like Gary the snail also is a good teachable moment for parents to their children; they can teach their children about the responsibility of taking care of another life like a snail or a cat or any other pet your child may want. We find many of these moments in Spongebob’s adventures that can occur in video games, movies, and episodes of his hit TV show.

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Fisher-Price Bikini Bottom Playset
94/100 our score
Design
95
Physical Development
92
Ease of Use
95
Fisher-Price Bikini Bottom Playset
Why is it better?

Includes SpongeBob, Squidward, and three jellyfish.

The playset has SpongeBob’s house, Squidward’s house, and the launcher on top of Patrick’s house shoots off three jellyfish.

The kids will love making a grouping of homes in Bikini Bottom

Add the other playsets to expand Bikini Bottom across the whole floor!

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For this update, we included a little more history about this spunky sponge, narrowed our list down to the ultimate top 10 best toys and products in today's market for SpongeBob and included a little more information on why we selected the products on our list.

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
Design
95%
Physical Development
92%
Ease of Use
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Design
92%
Physical Development
92%
Ease of Use
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
$11.93
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Design
95%
Physical Development
90%
Ease of Use
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
$24.99
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Design
92%
Physical Development
90%
Ease of Use
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
$8.88
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Design
90%
Physical Development
95%
Ease of Use
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Design
92%
Physical Development
90%
Ease of Use
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
$32.96
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
Design
90%
Physical Development
90%
Ease of Use
95%
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$6.97
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Design
92%
Physical Development
95%
Ease of Use
85%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
$13.94
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Design
85%
Physical Development
95%
Ease of Use
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.05.19)
$35.99
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.7
Design
85%
Physical Development
92%
Ease of Use
92%
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In depth review top 10
  • Fisher-Price Bikini Bottom Playset
  • Nickelodeon Peel & Stick Wall Decals
  • Delta Multi-Bin Organizer
  • Nickelodeon Patrickstar Best Day Ever
  • Hasbro Classic Connect 4
  • First 100 Episodes
  • Bendon Imagine Ink Activity Book
  • Mega Bloks Rock Band Figure
  • Hasbro Operation Game
  • Fisher-Price Imaginext Glove World
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10 Best SpongeBob Toys Reviewed

1. Fisher-Price Bikini Bottom Playset

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
Fisher-Price Bikini Bottom Playset
Design
95
Physical Development
92
Ease of Use
95
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Includes SpongeBob, Squidward, and three jellyfish.

The playset has SpongeBob’s house, Squidward’s house, and the launcher on top of Patrick’s house shoots off three jellyfish.

The kids will love making a grouping of homes in Bikini Bottom

Add the other playsets to expand Bikini Bottom across the whole floor!

There is no Patrick with this set.

The homes in this set are nestled right into the middle of Bikini Bottom.

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Design

The homes in this set are nestled right into the middle of Bikini Bottom. They look very cozy. The houses come with accessories. And even Patrick Star’s house comes with the jellyfish and the launcher to launch them into a crowd of pirates. SpongeBob can answer the door by coming down his slide. How cool is that? And Squidward’s house makes funny faces when the top of the house is turned. It’s like a doorbell.

Physical Development

This open-ended toy will stimulate your child's imagination and creativity. The houses and characters will increase your child's fine motor skills.

Ease of Use

Your kids will be able to do so many things with this playset. They will be happy to fight off the pirate with the jellyfish. Those sneaky pirates are trying to steal KrabbyCakes and cash. Then it’s SpongeBob to the rescue! The kids get to learn how to play nicely together while Mom and Dad can’t help but watch them. Kids can play on their own, with siblings, or with friends. The underwater world of SpongeBob has so many possibilities that the kids just won’t be able to think of them all.

2. Nickelodeon Peel & Stick Wall Decals

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Nickelodeon Peel & Stick Wall Decals
Design
92
Physical Development
92
Ease of Use
95
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$11.93

45 decals per set

Fun SpongeBob and crew decals

Just peel n stick with no messy residue

Readjustable and movable.

No sticky residue upon removal

Has CA Prop 65 Warning. Some peeps did not like that.

The Roommates 45 piece SpongeBob decal set is for serious SpongeBob fans

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Design

These colorful decals will be able to brighten any room, and they can be removed from the wall with no stickiness, so your child can not only create an underwater scene with SpongeBob and friends but play with them as well. The SpongeBob crew decals include neon plants and bubbles to make your masterpiece look more detailed. Characters include SpongeBob, Mr. Krab, Patrick, Plankton, Squidward, and Gary. Plus algae plants, jellyfish, bubbles, crabcake, and flowers. You kids can make their own underwater world and have a great time playing for hours.

Physical Development

Peeling and placing the decals will improve your child's fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Ease of Use

The decals in the SpongeBob kit are able to stick to any smooth surface, so your kids can put them almost anywhere. They can go on a bed, suitcase, down the hallway, the fridge, or most anyplace else they may want to stick them. There will be no cleanup time since the sticky stuff doesn’t stick. So you can just lift and go.

3. Delta Multi-Bin Organizer

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Delta Multi-Bin Organizer
Design
95
Physical Development
90
Ease of Use
92
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$24.99

Follows CPSC safety standards

A fun way for kids to learn how to put away toys

Has a large drawer on the bottom and five other bins

Assembly is easy.

Made of wood and fabric

The instructions are a bit vague.

Those who did not check the dimensions felt it was too small.

So many toys, and nowhere to put them!

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Design

This sturdy and very colorful toy box organizer is a dream for kids who love to put their toys away. The colors are SpongeBob happy and cheerful colors, just like the basic color scheme set by Nickelodeon.

Physical Development

As your child learns to become organized they will feel less stressed and their mind will feel less cluttered. Putting their toys in and taking them out of the basket will increase their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Ease of Use

It’s a great way to learn to put away and organize. These are skills best learned young, and this unit has all that is needed. Your kids will know right where their toys are when they use this unit. They will be able to say, “My puzzle is with SpongeBob!”

4. Nickelodeon Patrickstar Best Day Ever

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Nickelodeon Patrickstar Best Day Ever
Design
92
Physical Development
90
Ease of Use
95
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$8.88

Official Ty Beanie Baby product

PatrickStar is the cutest starfish ever!

Gives your kid a friend to play with

Encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills

PatrickStar is a great size at about 5 inches, easy to carry.

Some people were disappointed that Patrick seems small.

Plush toys are a favorite of most children because they often imagine these characters as being their real friends.

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Design

This TY Patrick beanie is eight inches tall. He's super soft and sure to provide tons of snuggles.

Physical Development

It is important for kids to have something soft to hold to feel safe and to use their imagination to create a friendship. And, children playing with plush toys and dolls learn nurturing skills such as feeding, bathing, changing a diaper, walking a plush pet to get exercise, and many other skills. This helps build fine motor development as they use the utensils and tools needed to get the job done. Plush toys are very entertaining for kids as they play. They can retell the stories they have learned in animations and books. This, again, is great imaginative play that helps them use their creativity to solve pretend problems and encourage divergent thinking. The more imaginative play kids engage in, the better.

Ease of Use

Your child has a variety of ways they can play with their plush patrick. They can take them by the hand, walk around with them, and talk a blue streak with them.

5. Hasbro Classic Connect 4

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Hasbro Classic Connect 4
Design
90
Physical Development
95
Ease of Use
92
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Encourages turn taking and socializing skills

Supports up to 2 players for ages 6 years and Up

Includes 2 Spongebob blockers for more exciting gameplay

Extra stickers

Every piece must be stickered on both sides which can be time-consuming

Plastic legs may break or bend over time

It’s the battle of the century, Spongebob versus Plankton!

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Design

In Spongebob Squarepants-Connect 4 you play as either Spongebob or Plankton. Each player takes a turn dropping one of their discs into the board trying to make a row either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The first person to get four discs in a row wins!

Physical Development

This game plays like the classic Connect 4 game with the kid-friendly characters Spongebob and Plankton. Since this is a two player game it encourages turn-taking and socialization skills and can help create positive adult-child interactions. Manipulating the small discs into the playing board is a great way to boost fine motor skill development. For younger children, you can nix the rules altogether and focus on color matching and counting lessons as they fill the board. The Spongebob blockers also add another level of strategy to this simple board game which promotes critical thinking skills.

Ease of Use

As an added twist to this classic game, the Spongebob version comes with two Spongebob blockers which can block several holes at once providing a new level of challenge!

6. First 100 Episodes

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
First 100 Episodes
Design
92
Physical Development
90
Ease of Use
95
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$32.96

Child and adult friendly

100 of the best episodes

100 episode DVD set.

Contains the pilot episode

Some people received damaged product

We love that SpongeBob is a happy guy, and so will you with this 100 First Episodes of the TV show.

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Design

SpongeBob takes his friends on many under the sea and even topside adventures. These are great for adult cartoon lovers and kids who love to watch the show over and over. This set includes the pilot episode, in which SpongeBob starts working at the Krusty Krab and saves the day. What a fun and funny show, and SpongeBob’s yellow face is right in the middle of it. He does a great job feeding the hordes of anchovies who have come for lunch. And he uses a new invention to do it. How lovely it would be it an episode like this inspired your child to invent a new tool or something of that nature. We can picture kids all over the world spinning around the living room as SpongeBob does. And best of all, just about everyone loves SpongeBob.

Physical Development

The lovely things about these SpongeBob SquarePants films are that they are very colorful, funny, and inspirational. Not inspirational in a deep sort of way, but in helping spark kids’ creative talents to play well with others, create their own shows and stories, and learn what their talents are. Creativity, as we know, supports problem-solving, learning how to come up with multiple answers to a problem, and logical thinking. These are all things that support kids in their efforts to grow as a person and choose a career. Then they move on to become successful adults. Not only that, but they have fun in the process.

Ease of Use

It's as easy as popping it in your DVD player and pressing play!

7. Bendon Imagine Ink Activity Book

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
Bendon Imagine Ink Activity Book
Design
90
Physical Development
90
Ease of Use
95
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$6.97

The mess-free marker is great for toddlers

Just move the marker over the pages and secrets will be revealed

Great for traveling

Coloring pages, games, and activities for your kids.

Markers are not odorless

Sometimes the markers run out of color before finishing the book.

Got a long car trip coming up?

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Design

Keep your child entertained with this SpongeBob coloring and activity book. The markers are a no mess type of crayon that will only color the pages of the book, not your clothes. Coloring reveals the underlying color and surprise messages.

Physical Development

This could be a wonderful 24-page book that sparks new ways for kids to use their imaginations to encourage creativity in art and problem-solving.

Ease of Use

Kids can color SpongeBob’s joyful face and engage with SpongeBob’s friends in their underwater adventures. The good thing is that kids can set their own pace. They don’t have to rush through this or move fast as the SpongeBob shows do. They can take their time and be artistic if that is their desire.

8. Mega Bloks Rock Band Figure

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Mega Bloks Rock Band Figure
Design
92
Physical Development
95
Ease of Use
85
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$13.94

Compatible with all other Mega Bloks sets

Includes 7 micro action figures and 7 instruments

Collectible building plate features rock-and-roll Spongebob images

Recommended age: 5 years and Up

Pieces can be hard to click together and may require adult supervision

Set contains small pieces and may not be suitable for younger children, WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD

Are you ready to ROCK?!

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Design

Spongebob, Patrick, and even Squidward have donned their rock and roll garb, their instruments are on the stage and they are ready to play for the world with your child as their bandmate and audience! This 84 piece set includes 7 of your child’s favorite characters including Spongebob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Plankton, and their friends along with 7 different instruments to create a showstopping stage set!

Physical Development

Building sets like Mega Bloks and Legos are a perfect way to help your child explore pretend play. They can act out their favorite characters, sing their favorite songs, and spur their creativity. The small pieces in this set are designed for little hands, manipulating them onto the included build plate or swapping instruments is great practice for developing fine motor skills. You can even utilize these pieces as a discussion starter for age-appropriate talks about different types of instruments and music.

Ease of Use

Fully compatible with other Mega Bloks pieces, your little one can explore their imagination while they play with their favorite characters, exchange instruments, and become a rock legend.

9. Hasbro Operation Game

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Hasbro Operation Game
Design
85
Physical Development
95
Ease of Use
92
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$35.99

Includes 12 different plastic ailments based on the popular cartoon

Buzzer sounds and nose lights up if you touch the sides

Helps develop fine motor skills

Encourage turn-taking and socialization

Contains small parts that may not be suitable for young children, WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD

Simplized version of the game that does not include traditional game cards

Oh no! Spongebob has been captured by the evil Plankton and taken to his lair inside the Chum Bucket!

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Design

It’s up to you to stop Plankton’s diabolical scheme to get the Krabby Patty formula! Can you perform the delicate surgery needed to save Spongebob? This deep sea version of the classic Operation game features everyone’s favorite sponge on the operating table with his Barnacle Brain and Clammy Hands exposed! Take turns removing the ailments with the tweezer but be careful! The buzzer will sound if you touch the sides and then your turn is over! The kiddo with the steadiest hands will save the day!

Physical Development

Picking up the small plastic pieces with the metal tweezers is not an easy task and can give a fantastic work out to developing fine motor skills. This game can support solo play or several players at once which encourages turn-taking skills as each child has to wait for their turn at the tweezers.

Ease of Use

This version of Operation is designed to be playable by children as young as 3-years-old and works great for pre-readers. It does not include the cards that the traditional game utilizes and instead focuses on a more open, turn-taking style of play. All of the pieces tuck into the pull-out drawer on the bottom of the game board for easy storage.

10. Fisher-Price Imaginext Glove World

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.7
Fisher-Price Imaginext Glove World
Design
85
Physical Development
92
Ease of Use
92
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Compatible with other Imaginext sets

Recommended age: 3 years and Up

Includes Spongebob and Patrick mini figures

4 working amusement park rides

Mini figures do not fit properly into ride seats and can fall out easily

Spongebob has a rare day off from the Krusty Krab and has decided to take Patrick for a fun-filled day at Glove World!

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Design

Now your little one can join in the adventure with two of their favorite characters with the Fisher-Price Imaginext Spongebob Squarepants Glove World playset. Take a ride on the thrilling Fiery Fist O’ Pain roller coaster where Spongebob and Patrick zoom down the track and avoid the pounding fist! A trip to the Ferris wheel is next on their list as a simple crank turn sends them skyward in their glove-shaped seats. Relax with a balloon or an ice cream before heading off for a boat ride through the Tunnel of Glove. Spongebob’s best day ever is threatened when a spinning saw blade and laser beam attack the park! Your child can take on the role of savior or villain when they play!

Physical Development

This playset features several operational amusement park rides based on the cartoon. Each attraction utilizes a different form of movement such as pushing a roller coaster cart up a hill or turning the crank for the Ferris wheel that can help build fine motor skills. This set is ideal for encouraging creativity and pretend play as it brings the world of their favorite characters to life.

Ease of Use

The set itself is made of thick plastic that provides a durable playing surface that is also flexible enough not to crack under pressure. Since this playset is combinable with other Imaginext sets, it creates endless play possibilities! Best of all, the entire set functions without batteries are noise-free and do not use flashing lights making it ideal for easily overstimulated children.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Design

On this specific list, we have a few highlights that went into our selection process. We paid close attention to the overall design of each toy as we wanted to be sure it was a good fit for your child. There are specific playsets that will help the imagination of your children by allowing them to build scenes and favorite episodes from the SpongeBob television show or even the movie. Many of these playsets may even include characters from the show and this will also help with telling stores, increasing use of visualization while imitating the show or making up their own stories to tell.

Physical Development

Some toys on our SpongeBob SquarePants list are games that can also help your child develop physically by using small muscles in the hands and arms. This will help strengthen those motor skills that every child needs. Your child can sit on the floor and get small amounts of exercise and by using those hands and arm muscles, they will gain strength just by moving along with their playsets.

Hand-eye coordination is also important for children to learn early on because it plays right into fine-motor-skill control. Children need to develop eyes and hands that work together so they can play ball, work at a job that includes manual labor and they can also become coordinated to do any of the countless tasks that come with life. We tried to get as many of these items on our list as we possibly could find.

Ease of Use

If your child is having a hard time playing their toys they will not have fun or receive the developmental benefits, therefore we made sure each toy was easy to use. Furthermore, SpongeBob is an upbeat and happy guy who thinks outside the box and looks for new ideas. He encourages kids to use their imaginations and tell new stories. This is also related to increased creativity and pretend play and role-play. In children, imagination is king in brain development. It enables them to come up with multiple answers to solve problems. Kids play and they find problems to solve all the time. Mostly simple problems, but they still need to find a way to find the answers. So they can think about it, try different physical solutions and cast out the answers that don’t work, or ask a friend, parent, or teacher. This all helps the child become a thinker and figure out solutions logically.

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Parents Did You Know

The idea for the Spongebob series came from a Marine Biologist

Parents Did You Know

Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Robin Williams, and several other big-name celebrities have appeared on the show.

Other Factors to Consider

Brand

As far as manufacturers go, we do have some big names like Mega Bloks and Fisher-Price but in order for these companies to even be able to sell SpongeBob-related items, they must get a license from Nickelodeon. It looks like Nickelodeon is going a great job at getting companies all over to help get the word out about SpongeBob and all his friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: At what age should I allow my kids to play with SpongeBob toys?
a:

The TV show and movies are aimed at about age 6 and up. Adults who grew up with SpongeBob seem to like to go back and watch again. Other toys should be marked by the manufacturer. Toys like the plush dolls should be good for younger children.

q: Is there any negative news about SpongeBob for kids?
a:

Not very much. There is one study that says it’s a fast-paced cartoon that can cause 4-year-olds to exhibit signs of ADHD and lack of concentration in the short term. There are SpongeBob toys that are age-appropriate for younger kids. Just make them wait to watch the shows. There are many other cartoons that are fast-paced that do the same thing. The SpongeBob cartoons are probably not any better or worse than other cartoons.

q: When is a good time for my child to begin using a nightlight?
a:

Your child can benefit from a night light right after birth to about 4 months old. Some doctors believe it helps your child’s visual development. Also between 2 to 4 years, children can become scared of the dark. You can help them through this process by providing a nightlight. It might even help if it’s fun, so they feel like it’s fun to go to bed.

q: Why do people say these playsets are so great for kids?
a:

The playsets are like construction toys. For most of them, kids have to put at least some of the parts of the set together in order to play with them. Sometimes they are just play sets that are premade. That’s ok. Kids can still make up story adventures that support creativity and problem-solving skills.

q: Where did SpongeBob’s name come from?
a:

The SpongeBob idea was originally thought of by a marine biologist named Stephen Hillenburg. His original name was SpongeBoy, but that name was already copyrighted, so he came up with SpongeBob, keeping the word sponge in the name so kids would know he was a sponge and not a piece of cheese.

q: Are there any big-name celebrities in the TV shows or movies?
a:

Yes, there are quite a few. Some of them were chosen to actually attract adult viewers to get more of the market share. A few of them are Tim Conway (Mermaid Man), Ernest Borgnine (Barnacle Boy), and Marion Ross (Grandmother). After the show’s creator left the team, there were many others including, Pink and Johnny Depp.