Colorful Bathtub

 
 
 

Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!

 
(E was 26 months old.)



 

You’ll need:

  • Bathtub.
  • Water.
  • Bubble bath.
  • Powdered food coloring (you can try liquid, I’m sure there must be something better out there than what we had).



 

This was sort of an impromptu activity, as E randomly asked for a bath.

I put in some regular bubble bath that didn’t exactly make insane bubbles but still enough to cover the top of the bath water and show the colors we added later.

I decided to try out our new liquid food coloring and started by adding some blue to the water. It showed on top of the bubbles for a little bit but it wasn’t exactly vibrant. It did do a good job of turning the water blue, though ;)

 

Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 
 

Next was some yellow liquid food coloring that colored the bubbles a little bit but didn’t do anything to change the color of the water.

 

Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 
 

So far, it was okay but not nearly as vibrant as I’d envisioned it.

So I whipped out what was left of our powdered food coloring and let E pour it on top of the bubbles. Now we were talking!

 

Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 
 

E had been mildly interested before but now she really got into it. 

She actually asked for purple next – she doesn’t have very many clear words and hasn’t said many colors yet, so she must’ve been really impressed with the purple food coloring when she last saw it ;)

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any purple left, so I offered her yellow, which was fine with her as well.

 

Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 

The last color we had left was blue. Now it was really starting to turn into a colorful bath!

 

Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 

After the blue, she really wanted more but this was it – so she cheerfully made do.

With every color, she’d tried to pour some on the edge of the tub. That hadn’t worked out for the green but she got some yellow and blue above the water line and started painting the side of the tub with her hand.

{See our Food Color Bathtub Painting activity that came out of this idea of using the side of the tub as a canvas and pouring food colors on it.}

 

Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 
 
Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 
 
After a while, E turned on the water and washed the colors out of the bubbles into the water. This left her sitting in a tub full of nice deep green/turquoise water – or the “Blue Lagoon”, as my husband put it ;)
 
 
Vibrant colorful bathtub - just add bubble bath and powdered food coloring!
 
 

E always likes to wipe stuff down, so she got started on the clean up before ending her almost 30 minute bath a few minutes later.

 



What I learned:

  • The food coloring stained neither E nor the tub. E had VERY yellow fingers after she got the last little bits of powder out of the bag but it washed right off during the normal course of the bath.
  • Liquid food coloring (at least the kind we had) really doesn’t work for a vibrant colorful bathtub.
  • Yet another very simple activity that we got a lot of mileage out.



 

Additional suggestions:

  • Do a smaller version of this in the sink or even in a large bowl.
  • Add toys and cups to taste for even more fun.



 

Have you made bathtime colorful? What’s your experience with the different types of coloring? Leave a comment!

 

 

 

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