Thursday, February 17, 2011

Good Clean Fun!!!

Why not turn bath time into a fun, creative art time with bath paints.
We came up with this fun project to help persuade 2 year old Charlie into taking a bath (older kids will love these too). He eagerly jumped in the tub and didn't want to get out.

We found several recipes that called for using dish detergent to make your tub paint. That seemed too harsh for paint that would be all over our kids. We used Suave Kids free and gentle body wash. It is clear and gentle on their skin. Great for tub paint! We found that this recipe cleaned up easily, but you might want to test it first on your grout.

Our recipe:

  • 1/2 cup body wash
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • food coloring

Mix the cornstarch with the soap. You may need to adjust the amount depending on your soap. Mix it in one tablespoon at a time. Divide mixture into smaller bowls. We used small containers with lids to save for future baths. Add a drop or two of food coloring to each bowl and stir.

Now it is time to paint...

walls, tub and faces..

...use fingers, paint brushes or even your toes!!
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  1. Oh, I love those pictures! And what a great idea, I'll keep this one in mind.

  2. Great pictures! We'll definitely have to make this!

  3. My 2 yr old is not willing to take baths right now. Maybe this will coax him into the tub! Thank you for your timely post :)

  4. Thanks! My three year old loved this! The pink bodywash turned green just fine and my silicone pastry brush let her feel like a real artist. As a bonus the lower four feet of my tub are now super clean, even the grout. I think next time we're going to use squeeze bottles instead of an open bowl to combat splashes and drops.

  5. Thanks for sharing this! We have it scheduled to post on our site, tomorrow morning! Can't wait to share it with everyone!

  6. I'm going to have to try this one! I wonder if it would work well as finger paint too?

  7. Thank you so much. We bought some at Christmas and now we're out. I've been trying to figure out how to make my own at home. This is perfect!

  8. We had fun making this! Just a heads up to other that try careful not to use too much food coloring, because we apparently used way too much and then it stained our skin! :)

  9. We made bath tub paint a while ago out of shaving cream and though my boys loved it, it wasn't very bright...this might just do the trick. Thanks!