Kids love bath time as long as they get to have fun. To get the most out of bath time and get your kids in the tub, why not try making your own quick and easy bathtub paints to let the kids paint their bodies, the walls without staining until they can paint no more? Here’s how to make a quick and easy bathtub paint recipe (not meant for the eyes, but should not damage other areas of your little ones’ bodies).
What you need is cornstarch, dish soap for sensitive skin (or eco friendly, anything but the harsh stuff) or baby shampoo that is tear-free, and food coloring in various colors, and small containers to mix the different colors in. Ice cube trays work out best.
Fill a bowl with a cup of baby tear-free shampoo or dish soap (dish soap is better for preventing staining, but either one will do) and add anywhere from 3 to ? tablespoons of cornstarch and mix well. Every time I make bathtub paints I have to use a different amount of cornstarch to get a consistency that won’t immediately drip. Trial and error taught me that you need at least 3 tablespoons, and often very much more.
When you get a desired consistency, thick and non-runny but certainly spreadable, and divide the white mixture into smaller bowls or ice cube trays to make colors. With food coloring, add a few drops of desired colors (I add one drop at a time and mix, seeing what I’ve got) and mix your colors as necessary (blue and red for purple, yellow and blue for green. red and yellow for orange, all the colors for black, etc) and stir to get desired colors.
Throw in paint brushes, Popsicle sticks, or q-tips for paintbrushes, plop your kids in the tub and let them have a blast! The paints are easily washed from the walls and don’t stain since the main ingredients are soaps (as mentioned before, dish soap is better for stain prevention but baby shampoo is better for sensitive skin, so choose your battles) and the cornstarch keeps the mixture thick but also prevents the food coloring from absorbing in your walls.
You can make as little or as much of this bathtub paint as you’d like, and store it in a cool place with plastic wrap covering it or in containers to keep from drying out. Or just dump out and make fresh every time your kiddies take a bath.