We had originally made these Homemade Bath Crayons in 2013 when I was discovering blogging. This post was in need of a desperate facelift! Instead of writing an entirely new post on the same subject I have decided to just redo this one and update to some things that I have discovered in those three years that make this entire process so much easier!
My kids hate bathing. They love the water, they love the chance to play and splash, but they hate soap. It’s like their kryptonite, fighting their messy kid powers. I wish I was kidding when I say it would be easier to wash a cat than my kids.
So this mama needed a solution to get soap on my kids without the howling, screaming, biting, and hair pulling. Some of the tricks I have collected over the years have been: glow stick bubble baths, homemade bath paints, hidden toys soap, soapy goop, bedtime bath salts, and our favorite – bath crayons.
This easy craft for kids is awesome because not only does in encourage kids to use soap, it also has a lot of educational opportunities for making the crayons and in playing with the crayons. Plus when you make your own tub crayons you can add in sleepy time essential oils which is a fantastic way to get your child winding down for bed time!
Ingredients Needed for Homemade Bath Crayons:
- Silicone Mold (buy here)
- Soap Base (buy here)
- Food Dye (buy here)
- 1 Glass Bowl
- Veggie Slicer (buy here)
- Mixing Bowls (one for each color)
- Mixing Spoons (one for each color)
NOTE: I found our silicone mold at IKEA.
How to Make Homemade Bath Crayons:
- From your soap base brick, you are going to slice off a chunk about two inches wide, or about the length of half of your finger.
- I personally like to then dice up that chunk and put it into the glass bowl to melt it all together. You don’t have to do this, but it might take slightly longer to melt the soap base.
- To melt the soap base, you will pop it into the microwave for a minute at a time, stirring in between, until it is melted smooth.
- Once completely melted smooth, remove from the microwave and add in your sleepytime essential oils. My favorite blend to add to ours is 10 drops of lavender with 5 drops of cedarwood. I also love adding in Young Livings’ Sleepyize to our crayons.
- This next step you have to go really quick with or the soap base will begin to harden. Because of this, I don’t let me kids help with it. From the soap base, you are going to transfer over a couple spoonfuls into your mixing bowl. Do this one color at a time.
- Add in however much food dye you want to create your color.
- Mix it completely and pour it into the silicone mold. Repeat this for every color.
- And then once your mold is filled set it aside until your homemade bath crayons are firm! They should pop right out of the silicone mold once they are ready to play with.
These DIY bath crayons will not show up super vibrant or stain your bathtub. For brighter colors you can use gel food dyes. I do not use them when making our bath crayons because the one time that I did I really had to scrub the tub down afterward. With this method, I do not have to scrub down the tub at all.
Using Bath Crayons to Learn:
Making these crayons presents the perfect opportunity to talk about:
- color mixing
- material consistency
- the five senses, and so much more.
In the tub, the opportunities with these crayons are only limited by your imagination!
If you are interested in Young Living Essential Oils and using them in your home make sure to swing over and read How to Get Started with Essential Oils =)