Fun Bathtime Idea: Play with Bathtub Paint

Kids Bathtub Paint is the greatest thing since… your kids first discovered how much they love amazing, messy, regular paint!

My preschool kids love to paint and I don’t love to clean up the mess. What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? Wouldn’t that be awesome?  

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Kids Bathtub Paint Recipe

Can you paint a bathtub? Yes you can with this bathtub paint! You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.

This DIY bathtub paint is washable, does not stain and will help you clean your tub. So sit near the bathroom with a good book and let your kids have a blast! It won’t be quiet, but at least you can have some mommy down time.

Supplies Needed To Make Bathtub Paint


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I used the antibacterial scented hand soap, but whatever you use, know your kids will coat themselves with it – so be sure to pick something you know they don’t have a reaction to.

diy bathtub paint in red and blue
You can make as many colors of DIY bathtub paint as you want.

How To Make Bathtub Paint

  1. In a sauce pan, mix the cornstarch into the hot water until it is dissolved and the consistency is pasty.
  2. Add the soap and mix until there are no chunks.
  3. Heat on medium until just boiling. The soap should have a gel-like consistency as it cools.
  4. Add food coloring. Store in an airtight container.
  5. The paint may separate slightly when stored, so be sure to stir before use.
Fun Bathtime Idea: Play with Bathtub Paint
Make rainbows, draw with your fingers, leave handprints, the bathtub is your canvas!

Note: Test the paint on a patch of your tub to ensure that your food coloring does not stain – and have fun!

Homemade Bath Paint

Now that you have homemade bath paint let your little one create as much washable art as they’d like! Make rainbows, draw portraits, leave handprints, the bathtub is your canvas!

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  1. found you through another site, but I have a question:

    you said you used hand soap to make it, did you use that INSTEAD of the detergent?

    dish detergent sounds like the powder…and the instructions say that as well. So I guess I’m confused because of your handsoap comment. :/

    Thanks for clarifying. (email addy is with my comment)

  2. Bree, I used the hand soap in place of the detergent – it smells better. Dish detergent works just as well. My kids tend to break out easily so I wanted something more gentle for them.

  3. My kids are going to love this! I think I will use baby soap in stead of regular soap. Thanks!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday =-.

  4. We are definitely going to try this one- we have bathtub markers but they are running out! She loves painting in there though- so this will save the day!

  5. We’ve been making bathtub paint for years and use a similar recipe but a much lazier way. 🙂 All I do is mix up little cups of mild shampoo, a few drops of food coloring and a spoon full of corn starch. I don’t cook it or add water or anything. They paint on the walls and then wash it all off. It’s easy frugal fun!

  6. I was looking for the information, keep it up.

  7. Found this through pinterest! I am interested in making this for my nephews for Christmas, but I have a question. Will the food coloring stain their skin? Is there another alternative if the food coloring stains or did you find it washed right off of their skin?

  8. Magnificent site. Plenty of useful information here. I’m
    sending it to some buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thank you on your sweat!

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