Bath time is one of my daughter’s favorite times of day. I swear she is the messiest eater just because she’s secretly plotting a bath at the end of the meal. She is always smooshing berries around her mouth and on her cheeks and rubbing mashed potatoes through her hair. So “bath time” can be any time of day for us.
One of her favorite bath time toys is her stacking cups that have the little holes at the bottom so the water can sprinkle through. Awesome, in theory. They last about 5 minutes (sometimes less) until she starts to fill them and quickly dump them over the edge of the tub onto the tile floor as fast as she can. It’s a race against the clock to see how many times she can spill water on the floor before:
- The water trickles out of the hole at the bottom of the cup
- Mom plays goalie and blocks the attempted toss
I know, such a fun game for her. Except, I’m constantly cleaning water from the floor and washing the bath mat.
So lately I’ve been trying to come up with a few different bath time activities that can entertain her longer and reduce the urge to throw water out of the tub.
We’ve been practicing painting the last few weeks and so we thought making homemade bath paint would be a fun and easy activity. Also, she can work on those fine motor skills and practice using a brush to freestyle some washable art projects.
Learn how to make fast, 2-ingredient bath paint for toddlers below!
What you need:
- Shaving cream
- Food coloring
- Plastic paint tray or small plastic cups
- Paint brush
- Squeeze or spray bottles filled with water (optional)
Step 1 – Fill your paint tray or small plastic cups with shaving cream.
Step 2 – Add one small drop of food coloring to each section of shaving cream. Mix well to create the different “paint” colors.
Step 3 – Let your little one paint on the wall with the brush.
Step 4 – Clean up the painting immediately once your child has finished their bath. Do not let the painting sit for too long as the food coloring will become more likely to stain over time.
I also read a cute idea somewhere that you can give your child a spray bottle filled with water so they can clear the wall and start over. Our daughter had so much fun doing this!
Hopefully, after a few more baths she’ll be ready to move up to painting on a canvas with real paint. Maybe…
We love making homemade paints, so if you have another easy recipe please share below in the comments!