DIY Bath Paint

BY ON Nov 7, 2012

Today I am very excited to share a guest post with you, Kylie from Octavia and Vicky.  Be sure to visit her fabulous blog where you will find more fun activities,  play ideas for kids, cooking and so much more!



Hello! I’m Kylie, a mother to two year old daughter, ‘Pebble’, with another bub on the way. I’m also a wife and early childhood educator who loves playing, cooking and using as many geek-tech tools as possible along the way.  My blog, Octavia and Vicky, is named after a story I wrote when I was five years old.  It is about a spider named Octavia and her young friend, Vicky.   Thank you to Janice for inviting me to share on Learning 4 Kids today.


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My husband and I have lived through about two years and nine months of struggle town when it comes to bathing our daughter, Pebble. She has hated bathing from birth. She hates being washed, hates getting in the bath (and yes, quite often hates getting OUT the bath). We have tried many different techniques, lures, tricks and games to make bath time fun, and the most successful by FAR has been homemade Bath Paint. I hope this recipe helps your children have more fun in the bath.


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You will need (for each colour bath paint that you want to make)

1 tablespoon corn flour

1 tablespoon bath soap or bubble bath

1-2 drops of food colouring

1/2 teaspoon of water


  • Add all the ingredients to a container – we like using our paint palette. Combine with a spoon or a paintbrush. Start painting!
  • You can adjust the consistency of the paint by adding more or less cornflour, water or soap. Sometimes we have it thick and gooey, other times we have it slippery and runny.


Do your children love the bath? Or is bath time a daily struggle?

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8 responses to “DIY Bath Paint”

  1. Laura says:

    Won’t the food coloring stain both bath tub and baby/toddler?

    • Janice says:

      Hi Laura, Very good question! From my experience the food colouring has not stained the bath or my kids in the bath because only a very small amount of colouring is used, 1-2 drops. When it is mixed into the water it becomes very diluted, not strong enough to cause any staining. Thank you for your question! 🙂

  2. Will have to make some of this for my 4yo this weekend. She will LOVE it!! 🙂

  3. Julia says:

    Is cornflour cornmeal or cornstarch?

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