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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tub Painting

When you've been trapped inside due to weather or for whatever other reason, sometimes you need to liven the routine up a little. We've been known to throw in an extra bath time during the day. Nothing like a little body painting to chase away the midwinter stuck-inside-too-long blues. At least that's the motto in this house. :)
An easy (and cheap) way to make bath time, day or night, a little more fun is to make bath finger paint.
I let Charis help mix it together using measuring spoons. The measurements don't have to be exact. I add more or less of any ingredient to get the consistency of finger paint.

1 T cornstarch
2 T liquid soap (shampoo, body wash, etc)
food coloring
Mix cornstarch and soap together. I usually double or triple the recipe. Then add a few drops of food coloring to get the desired color. Last time I did it I did 2 T cornstarch and 3 of soap and it turned out fine.
So far it hasn't stained anything and washes off the walls perfectly. Great time to work on colors or cause and effect from mixing colors!


The Nilsen's Journey said...

The cornstarch doesn't clog the drain at all?

Raegan said...

Nope! When you mix the soap with it, it'll become the consistency of fingerpaint. It washes off the wall (and kids) like a breeze.

Molly said...

oh what a great idea! never thought of that before. cogan would LOVE that. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I've been meaning to do this, but what does it do to the water? We were given some tub paints as a gift, and it was a giant mess. Does it color the water so you have to rinse them off with new water from the faucet?


Raegan said...

Yes, it does color the water. But since it's mostly soap, a quick rinse will do. I usually pull the plug, start the faucet and let my LO help me clean the walls (and her) with fresh water and a wash cloth. And no, it hasn't stained the wash cloth either.


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