Homemade Bath Paint Recipe

Easy Homemade Bath Paint Recipe for Kids Bathtime

Keep messy play clean with this homemade bath paint. It is a quick and easy way to mix things up at bath time and make bath time more enjoyable. My kids LOVED this… though it ended up being more of a body paint than bath paint!

If your child is reluctant to bath, bath paint could be the encouragement they need to hop in.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup shampoo / handwash / body wash etc (I used baby shampoo as it is gentle on their skin)
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • Food colouring
  • Water
  • Mixing bowls
  • Paint palette or small individual containers for the paint
  • Paint brushes

These measurements are approximates and of course, you can make more or less if you wish.

How to make bath paint:

Divide the shampoo and cornflour into separate mixing bowls – one bowl for each colour you are going to use. Add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl, then stir in a teaspoon-ish of cold water. Mix well and add more water as required until the mixture is the right consistency. It needs to be thick enough to stick to the paint brush without dripping off, but thin enough to be able to paint a line.

Homemade Bath Paint Recipe

Let the kids know it’s bath time and let the fun begin!

Homemade Bath Paint for Kids

The bath painting quickly turned to body painting which the kids thought was super cool!
(Some of the colours did stain their skin slightly, but it was gone in a day or two). There was no staining on the bath though!

If the bath paint gets too thick simply add more water. If it gets too runny stir in a bit more cornflour.

Once they were finished, we left the bath paints in the palette, then the next night just added a bit more water to get them usable again.
Ideally, store in an airtight container in a cool place.


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