We go through craft supplies like no other here. This also includes stuff like bath crayons and homemade bath paints. Because of this, I am always on the hunt to find ways to make these items from home in a cost effect easy manner.
To make these homemade bath paints was super easy. We typically make ours in little Tupperware with lids so that we are able to store whatever is not used.
To make this I prefer to use kid safe soap. While you could use dish washing soap or any type of liquid soap, I opted for kid-safe soap since it is my kids that will be playing with it. I wanted something that was gentle on their skin and designed with them in mind. After all, they most likely were going to end up painting themselves with this stuff…
I like to mix the base in a large bowl before adding in the colors. It makes less of a mess and goes quicker for me when I do it this way.
When it came to adding the cornstarch I did not follow an exact amount. Instead, I added as I went. The more cornstarch that you add the less opaque the color will be. For the best results, we usually do 2:1 – kid soap to cornstarch.
Once the base is completely mixed then I portion it out and add in the colors.
Also, cornstarch clumps. It can be a bit of pain. By using a toothpick I was able to poke apart those clumps with ease.
We have also made these amazing adapted visual recipe cards for homemade bathtub paint. The packet includes recipe sequence, visual supports, and a card sized recipe that would fit perfectly on a binder ring. Visual recipes are a great tool for your special education students and a lot of fun for giving kids more independence in their “recipe” creations 🙂
- Kid Friendly Soap
- Plastic Cups
- Plastic Spoons
- Food Dye
- Paint Brushes
- Gather all your supplies.
- Mix together 2 parts kid soap to 1 part cornstarch. We typically use 1/2 cup of kid soap to 1/4 cup of cornstarch.
- Place in individual containers and add food dye.
- Stir everything together and paint!
Homemade bath paints are designed for single use. It is not recommended to attempt to store these paints after they have been played with once.