Splish Splash Fun: DIY Bathtub Paint for Kids

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Hey there, fellow crafty parents! Today, I’ve got an exciting adventure to share with you all about a crafty experiment that turned our bathtub into an artist’s canvas: DIY Bathtub Paint!

Let me tell you, it was a whirlwind of colors, giggles, and a sprinkle of messiness. But oh, the memories we made were worth every drop of paint!

The Spark of Creativity:

It all started on a rainy afternoon when the kiddos were bouncing off the walls with energy, and I needed a splash of creativity to keep them entertained.

That’s when the idea struck me like a bolt of lightning – why not turn our bath time into an art party? And so, the journey to creating our own bathtub paint began.

Supplies Needed:

Gather up these goodies from your craft stash:

  • Shaving cream or Baby Shampoo (gentle on the skin!)
  • Food Coloring (the more colors, the merrier!)
  • Muffin Tin or Small Containers
  • Paintbrushes (or fingers work just as well!)

Crafting Magic: DIY Bathtub Paint:

  1. Divide shaving cream or baby shampoo into separate containers or compartments of a muffin tin.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container, creating a rainbow of colors. Mix well until the desired hues are achieved.
  3. Now, it’s time to bring out the artists! Arm your little Picassos with paintbrushes or simply let them dive in with their fingers.
  4. Head to the bathtub and let the masterpiece unfold! Encourage your kids to paint directly onto the tub walls or even on themselves (bath time just got a whole lot more fun!).

The Fun and the Challenges:

Oh, what a sight it was to see our bathtub transformed into a vibrant canvas! The kids were squealing with delight as they dipped their brushes into the colorful concoctions and let their imaginations run wild. From swirling rainbows to whimsical underwater scenes, each stroke was a testament to their boundless creativity.

But, of course, no craft adventure is complete without a few bumps along the way. We had our fair share of Pinterest mom fails – like the time when the paint got a little too drippy and ended up more on the floor than on the walls. Or when we accidentally mixed all the colors together and created a murky brown mess (note to self: less is more when it comes to mixing!).

Tips for Awesomesauce DIY Bathtub Paint:

  • Embrace the Mess: This activity is all about letting go of perfection and embracing the mess. Lay down some towels for easy cleanup afterward, but don’t stress about keeping everything pristine. Let go of perfection and embrace the messiness of creativity. The joy is in the process, not the end result!
  • Easy Cleanup: Fear not the aftermath of your bathtub art session! Simply rinse away the paint with water, and voila – clean tub and happy kids. I found when I used shaving cream verses shampoo the clean up was much easier with no scrubbing, just water poured on the bathtub walls and it was gone!
  • Mix It Up: Give your little ones the freedom to paint whatever they like, whether it’s a colorful masterpiece or a simple doodle. It’s their imagination that’s the star of the show. Experiment with different color combinations and textures to keep things exciting. Who says bathtub paint has to be limited to just one palette?
  • Experiment with Textures: Want to take this activity up a notch? Add a little texture to the paint by mixing in some salt or sugar. It’ll give their artwork an extra dimension.
  • Safety First: Ensure that the paint mixture is non-toxic and safe for little ones, especially if they decide to taste-test their creations (it happens!).
DIY Bathtub paint for toddlers

Benefits for Each Age Group:

  • Toddlers: For the littlest ones, this activity is a sensory delight. They’ll love the feel of the paint between their fingers and the freedom to explore without boundaries. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce them to colors and encourage creativity. Explore sensory play and fine motor skills as they dip their fingers into the paint and create squiggly masterpieces.
  • Preschoolers: Foster creativity and self-expression as they paint their own stories onto the bathtub canvas, building confidence with each stroke. As they grow older, preschoolers will enjoy the artistic aspect of this activity. It’s an opportunity for them to express themselves and develop fine motor skills as they paint shapes and scenes on the bathtub walls.
  • School-Age Kids: Encourage imaginative play and storytelling as they transform the bathtub into a magical world of their own making, complete with underwater kingdoms and far-off galaxies. Older kids can take this activity to the next level by experimenting with color mixing and creating more elaborate designs. It’s a chance for them to unleash their inner artist and maybe even learn a thing or two about color theory along the way.
DIY Bath Time Paints

Pinterest Mom Fail:

But of course, no craft activity is without its challenges. Cue the Pinterest mom fails! At one point, my youngest decided that painting herself was just as fun as painting the bathtub. Let’s just say there was more color on her skin than on the walls! And then there was the inevitable mixing of colors that turned everything into a murky brown mess. But you know what? We laughed it off and embraced the mess because that’s what memories are made of.

As the colorful swirls washed away down the drain, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride in the memories we had created together. From the laughter-filled moments to the unexpected mishaps, each experience was a building block in our family legacy of creativity, resilience, and, most importantly, fun.

So, fellow crafty parents, I encourage you to grab your paintbrushes (and maybe a splash guard or two) and dive into the colorful world of DIY Bathtub Paint. Who knows what magical masterpieces await beneath the surface?

Until next time, stay messy, stay creative, and keep on crafting those memories!

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