3-Ingredient Homemade Bath Paint

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A wise momma once told me that when her kids got too wild for her sanity she had 2 secret weapons she would use. The outdoors and the bathtub. The bathtub has been the best thing ever as a parent and making homemade bath paint has made it even better!

Blake loves being outside. It automatically turns any bad mood around. But, let’s be honest the weather and life don’t always make it feasible to go outside. That’s where the bathtub comes in handy.

Whenever we can’t go outside or I need to be indoors cleaning I use the bathtub as my place of toddler containment and entertainment. It has been the best secret parenting technique ever!

Blake loves playing in the bathtub and this bath paint has helped keep him entertained for over an hour! This is one of my favorite toddler activities we do at home because of how easy it is and the minimal effort it takes.

This bath paint is simple to make and easy to clean up. Plus it’s safe for kids! Blake has even eaten it and not minded.

Bath Paint Toddler Activity in the bathtub
The artist at work

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Only 3 Ingredients

The beauty of this paint is there are only three ingredients needed and chances are you have them on hand!

  • 3/4 C. Baby Shampoo (We buy ours at Aldi like we do most baby products)
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch (you can also use flour if you don’t have any cornstarch on hand
  • Food Coloring (as much as desired in chosen colors)

How to Make Bath Paint

I start by mixing the shampoo and cornstarch in a bowl. Be mindful not to mix too much or you’ll end up with lots of bubbles. Once mixed to your preferred consistency (I like mine a little thicker than most due to bath water getting mixed in) pour into your container.

I have found that an ice tray (we use this one) works best for storing and using the bath paint. It acts as a little pallet for my son to hold and is easy to store away.

Once the paint is in the containers begin to add food coloring. Add a drop at a time until the desired color is reached. I usually use a baby spoon to stir in the food coloring put toothpicks would work well too.

That’s it! You now have a beautiful rainbow of bath paint. If your kid is anything like Blake then you won’t have any leftover. I usually give him little brushes to use but he seems to like his fingers.

bath paint in tray

This paint is so easy to make and clean up. I have cleaned it after it has dried and it is still easy to wipe away. Happy painting!

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