FUN BATHTIME IDEA: PLAY WITH BATHTUB PAINT

My preschool kids love to paint and I don’t love to clean up the mess.

by Rachel

What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

This is bathtub paint! You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes. This “paint” is washable, does not stain and will help you clean your tub. So sit near the bathroom with a good book and let your kids have a blast! It won’t be quiet, but at least you can have some mommy down time.

BATH TUB PAINT RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Dish Detergent
  • 1/2 Cup of Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup of boiling water
  • Food Coloring (liquid kind is best)

I used the antibacterial scented hand soap, but whatever you use, know your kids will coat themselves with it – so be sure to pick something you know they don’t have a reaction to.

MAKE BATHTUB PAINT!

In a sauce pan, mix the cornstarch into the hot water until it is dissolved and the consistency is pasty.

Add the soap and mix until there are no chunks. Heat on medium until just boiling. The soap should have a gel-like consistency as it cools.

Add food coloring. Store in an airtight container.

The paint may separate slightly when stored, so be sure to stir before use. Test the paint on a patch of your tub to ensure that your food coloring does not stain – and have fun!

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​Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.

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