Making homemade bath tub paint is easier than you might think and gives you the flexibility to control the color and ingredients. This Kids Bathtub Paint Recipe is the greatest thing since… your kids first discovered how much they love amazing, messy, regular paint! Toddlers and preschoolers will love painting their own masterpieces at bath time and you will love how easily it cleans up.
Painting in the Tub
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 Easy Bathtub Paint Recipe
Can you paint a bathtub? Yes, you can with this bathtub paint! You can make it thick and use it as bathtub finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.
Related: We have a really fun shaving cream-based bathtub paint idea – homemade bath paint shaving cream! <–Yay!
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!
Note: Test the paint on a patch of your tub to ensure that your food coloring does not stain – and have fun! <–We have never had a problem, but don’t want you to be sad!
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Ingredients Needed To Make Bathtub Paint
- 1 Cup of Dish Detergent or liquid soap*
- 1/2 Cup of Cornstarch
- 1/2 Cup of boiling water
- Food Coloring (liquid kind is best)
*I use antibacterial scented hand soap when making this recipe with liquid soap. 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.
Directions to make bathtub paint
In a saucepan, mix the cornstarch into the hot water until it is dissolved and the consistency is pasty.
Add the soap and mix until there are no chunks.
Heat on medium until just boiling. The soap should have a gel-like consistency as it cools.
Pour your mixture into individual containers. Add food coloring. Put the lid on to store your bathtub paint.
Related: Things to make with soap
Storing Homemade Bathtub Finger Paint
The paint may separate slightly when stored, so be sure to stir before use.
Finished 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!
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 cup dishwashing soap or hand soap
- Food colors
- Airtight containers
- Pour the water into a saucepan on medium heat.
- Once the water is hot, add the cornstarch and stir completely.
- Add the dishwashing liquid and continue stirring.
- Once it's just boiling, remove it from the heat.
- Pour the mixture into individual containers.
- Add food color to each container and stir completely.
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More Bathtub Fun from Kids Activities Blog
- Check out our bubbles and bathtub coloring page for a lot of out of the bath fun!
- Make your bath more fun because it is organized…all those toys! Check out the Baby Shark bath toy holder.
- Make our own bath fizzies…how fun!!
- Try this simple floating science activity as one of your fun bath activities!
- We love this glowing bathtub idea for a special bath time experience.
- Let’s make homemade lemon bath salts or these bubble gum bath salts…fun for home or to give as a gift!
- Check out this fun way to make waves in the design of a kids bathroom.
- We have some fun bath games kids love to play.
- Make your copycat Crayola Bath paint recipe.
- How to organize a bathroom!
How did your bathtub paint turn out? Did your kids love painting in the tub at bath time?