Quick Bath Paint

 

I’ve shared several different ideas for painting the bathtub, from using plain food coloring to using tempera paint (and no water) to Bubble Bath Bathtub Paint.

This time, however, I had no time to plan this, as E was already in the bathtub when she asked to paint, so I went with what we had close-by. The result: Simple, quick bath paint that E had a lot of fun with!

 

How to make quick bath paint with two ingredients!
(E was 2 years and 9 months old.)

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To Make Quick Bath Paint, you’ll need:

  • Body wash {I used E’s kids’ body wash but any other kind should be fine, as well as bubble bath, shampoo, hand soap, … Anything soapy should make a good base}.
  • Liquid watercolors {food coloring tends to be a good replacement}.

 

 

 

I even gave the gold liquid watercolors a try, and it looked nice in the muffin cup but when applied to the side of the tub with a paintbrush, it came out barely visible and sort of greenish.

 

How to make quick bath paint with two ingredients!
 
The other colors did much better.
 
How to make quick bath paint with two ingredients!
 
 
How to make quick bath paint with two ingredients!
 
E added another twist by scooping bubbles from her bubble bath into the bath paint, and it was vibrant enough to color the bubbles as well.
 
How to make quick bath paint with two ingredients!
 
 
How to make quick bath paint with two ingredients!
 

This paint isn’t super opaque, and some cornstarch might have helped with that but I didn’t have it close-by. Honestly, though, E didn’t mind at all, and I actually don’t think it was much worse than with the Bubble Bath Bathtub Paint that does have cornstarch.

You may not have liquid watercolors or food coloring close to your bathtub {I’m comfortable going to the next room while E is in the bathtub and I’m talking to her}. If so, try offering some simple colored body wash, shower gel, shampoo or similar to paint the bathtub. You may be surprised how much your child enjoys something so simple that might not appeal to you at all.

 

 

 

Have you made paint in a pinch? Are there other materials found in a bathroom that could work for this?

 

 

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