As promised here is a fun recipe for bathtub paint that will use the soap we made from yesterdays post found here. As I mentioned earlier I could not throw the soap away, so I had to come up with something that would use this wonderful fluffy, crumbly soap. I came across this web page that has a number of Homemade Paint Recipes, the one that caught my eye was for fluffy soap paint. With a few changes, it became a wonderful fluffy bathtub paint.
To make your own Bathtub Paint, you will need:
- A bar of microwaved Ivory Soap crumbled
- Boiling water
- Blender (I tried a hand mixer, but it just made bubbles and foam. Not what we are going for.)
- Food coloring
- Plastic Ziploc bags
Place 1 cup of crumbled soap into the blender and add a small amount of boiling water. If you add to much water at one time it will bubble, you are going for a creamy texture. Pulse slowly, add more water as needed. Repeat until all the soap bar crumbles are a yogurt like texture.
Pour into 6 separate containers. The kids were in charge of adding the food coloring and mixing. You will notice that a couple of colors are brighter than others. I added a bit more hot water at this point to get a thinner texture that we could pipe like icing.
Spoon into 6 ziploc bags and cut a small hole in the tip of one corner. This will act like a piping bag, great practice for finger mobility for kiddos. You could also leave the paint in the containers and paint with paint brushes or fingers.
Create a beautiful master piece that can be washed away. The kids had SO much fun piping, painting, squishing, and drawing with the paint. After your little one is all done, simply drain the tub, turn on the shower and give your little ones small buckets and wash cloths to clean up the mess. When the kids were all done cleaning, you would not have know that there was a colorful master piece hidden behind the shower curtain only a few minutes before. Love it!
Here is a link to a fun list of great experiments that my kids love.