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Bath Paints

22 Jun

Are your kids filthy?  It seems like we are taking so many baths now that summer has arrived.  I mean between sunscreen, bug spray and chlorine, we have to rid them of all chemicals on a daily basis!  To spice it up a little bit I found this “recipe” for bath paints that I thought would be fun.  Basically you mix shaving cream (you might want to use sensitive skin/unscented) and food coloring together. I did it in a muffin tin just for ease, but you could mix them in little bowls too…. I just filled the tins with foaming shaving cream and then added one to two drops of food coloring.  I know, I was a little worried it would STAIN my tub, but it didn’t. I know you are thinking, “but when I drip a little on my counter it is hard to get off…”  I thought the same thing…  Even as I was mixing this last night, my hands turned green!  Why does the green always leak???? My theory is this:  Food coloring loses its staining power once it is mixed with something…  You see, play dough doesn’t stain, frosting doesn’t stain, colored water doesn’t stain, and shaving cream doesn’t stain… It didn’t stain our tub and the boys had a blast!  By the end of bath time they had covered the walls, their brushes and their belly buttons with shaving cream!  I had to empty the tub in order to give them a “real bath” once they were done.  It was so worth it, however, because they played in the tub for a good hour + (so I took this fine opportunity to clean their bathroom, YUCK).  This morning they woke up asking if they could paint in the tub again…  I am going to try another bath paint recipe this week just to mix it up for them, but I assure you, this was a hit!

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6 Responses to “Bath Paints”

  1. Nicole @ Wonderful Joy Ahead June 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM #

    Hi Shannon- I just wrote essentially the same thing on my blog (I with blogger had a “reply” option!).

    What a fun connection! Yes, I am involved with YL, though nothing in the Twin Cities area. I was once a YL kid in Texas, then a volunteer leader all through college, then a volunteer team leader for WyldLife in Madison, and now (after LE was born) I do the admin work for the new areas developing around Madison. I work alongside and am friends with the Havercamps. 🙂

    I love how YL brings people together! Glad to find your blog; I’m going to bookmark it because I can tell there are going to be ideas that I’ll want to do when my daughter gets a little bit older.

    • mommyapolis June 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM #

      Love it! It’s nice to meet you! I’m jealous of your Fiji trip and the amount of time you got to be there! I thought maybe it was a sabbatical or something! Either way, lucky you! I’ve bookmarked your blog, as well!

  2. Jen June 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM #

    What a fun idea! I am sure the boys loved it. I should try it with C and N:) Thanks for sharing your fun ideas!

  3. Jill June 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM #

    love this idea…definately using soon with my little guys, too! 🙂

  4. Teresa hillin June 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM #

    My grandsons loved it but it did stain my grout with the food color. I’m trying to find out how to remove it now. The boys want to do it the next time they come to Grandma’s. So any ideas on cleaning it would be great.

    • mommyapolis June 14, 2012 at 6:37 AM #

      Sorry to hear that… I’m wondering if you used a different kind of food coloring or something. Everyone I’ve talked to said it worked great, no stains. I would try bleach to get it out and then I’d make sure you are not using too much food coloring and maybe try a different brand or something… Sorry!

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