Sunday, January 22, 2012

bathtub paint.

sick days are more fun with pinterest.

i had me a sick baby to entertain one day last week. i took this opportunity to try out a homemade bathtub paint idea i spotted on pinterest.

the recipe: 1 tbsp cornstarch, 4-6 pumps baby shampoo (about 1/8 c.), 2-3 drops food coloring, 1-2 tsp water


(i modified the original recipe slightly to fit my trays. but it's fool-proof, really. just throw together the ingredients and play with it until you reach a consistency you like)

here's why it rocks:
  • it requires only 4 ingredients.
  • it's a great rainy day (or snowy, or sick, or fussy-toddler) activity.
  • no paint spills on his clothing.
  • easy cleanup: it cleaned right off the tub AND the baby.
  • who doesn't love to paint?!
so i stripped down my sick baby boy and stuck him in the tub with an ice cube tray, a couple of paintbrushes, and a cup of water and let him go at it.


here. we. GO!

art. watch out, picasso.

there comes a point in time when your child will realize that he can put down the paintbrush and rub his hands in the paint for a delightful surprise of colorful & messy hands. unless, of course, you're my owen who has some ocd tendencies. then this surprise is not quite so delightful. "wash. mommy, wash. hand. wash."

if you'll notice, this project was even fun for mommy. notice my sunshine, sky, tree, & grass to the right. :)

i deemed it a success, and we will certainly be revisiting this "recipe" many more times as winter settles in. (but maybe not as soon as you'd think since we're still seeing 50-something degree forecasts? not that i'm complaining...)

21 comments:

Regina Wade said...

Did you have any trouble with the food coloring staining the tub or surrounding area? I'm sure there are ways to get that out, but it worries me a bit with this sort of thing. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

Meg said...

I kept it all IN the tub. I instructed him to stay away from the tile. I think it would be fine with the tile - but my only concern was the grout. But my philosophy on that is.. there are worse problems in life than rainbow grout. ;-) Have fun!

KKGhoffman said...

Found you on pinterest! we did it tonight and it worked GREAT. We were worried about clean up too so we had the boys wipe it clean half way though and start over. BUt it did wipe away very easy.

jaydonanddaddy.com said...

What a great idea. This is something I will try as my son gets a little older.

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Jen Perkins said...

We did this tonight and our 2 year old loved it! Everything washed off easily, even the paint he got on the tiles. Thank you!

Vicki said...

I found when I did this it's best to use tear free formulas, so when it gets into the eyes, it's not the end of the fun.

Stephanie Quinn said...

We just did this with our 18 month old and had a blast....it came easily off of our shower, tile floor and grout (which I did immediately if paint hit it). However my daughter is a lovely shade of rainbow! Not coming off her at all! Oh well...we still had fun! :)

shanna said...

Only color that stained the grout was the reds family (red, pink) but if u clean it right after they get out of the bath it does clean up with no problem! I'll let them paint the walls again as everything else really just rinsed with water!!! They had a BLAST!! (washed off both my kids great! And they looked like they painted themselfs more then the tub!!) ;)

BelleMorte said...

I found you on Pinterest, and we did this tonight, my almost 2-year old LOVED it!! He skipped the brushes, and just painted himself and the WHOLE tub, but it came off super easy. Thank you for posting!

kaybar. said...

Just did this with my son after I found it on pinterest and its not coming off without bleach, Mr clean magic erasers and A LOT of scrubbing...its 11:15 at night and I'm still scrubbing. He loved it but huge mistake to do this. My only alteration was I added more corn starch to thicken it a bit. I hope it comes off before I move out of my apartment or it looks like I'll be replacing the tub. :/

Sincerely,
Very muscular mom

elsie said...

Great idea. I haven't tried this yet, but before I do I'll rub a hard soap bar over our white grout to try to protect it. Let you know how it goes :)
@Kaybar: Have you tried baking soda?

Deborah A. Sullivan said...

As a grandma I try always to help my daughter with my grandson ...
This is a wonderful idea.
~Thank you ...
~Debbie:)

Laura said...

Brilliant! It is always a struggle to get my 2 year old to bathe. When I showed him the paint and explained that he needed to get into the tub to do it HE JUMPED RIGHT IN! The first time in over a month that we had smiles at bath time.

Thank you! :)

Kristina Ashcraft said...

This is a great idea but I put Vaseline over the tiles and grout before I let me son paint. He is a little over a year old and boy did he LOVE it! And the paint just rinsed right off of the tiles! :) Thanks for the great idea!

Kim Jones said...

I just love this project! I'll be linking to it tomorrow on my blog: http://thehomemadeoasis.blogspot.com/

Joy said...

I've made this a few times with my 2-year-old. I think his favorite part is scooping in the cornstarch and water. The part where we actually start painting is a bonus.

I've also made bath paints using just shaving cream and food coloring. The latter is definitely simpler and faster to make, but would only recommend this if you know your kids are not going to put the paint near their faces.

We haven't had a problem yet with staining the tub, but then again, we are pretty thorough about cleaning-up the bathroom, paints, walls, etc as soon as we are done.

Infibaby Angela said...

its an absolutely great idea! i definitely try it soon.

Red Monkey Scrapper said...

Try adding a couple drops of Eucalyptus oil if your little one is stuffy. It's great!!!

Rebekah said...

Mentioned you in my blog. Love the bathtub paints! Shared them on my blog: http://me-transplantedamericaninthetruenorth.blogspot.ca/

Jaja Shah said...

Hi, there.

I tried this and my kids had so much fun that they ask for it every other day! Now it isn't so hard to get them to bathe! Hahahaha.

By the way, would you mind if I use one of your photos in my blog because I'm not a photographer and the photos I took suck. I wanted to show how the paint looks like.

If it's not to much trouble or if you don't mind, I would like to get the photos of you holding the tray. I will link the photo to your blog.

Amanda Friedel said...

LOVE this!! In the past I've used shaving cream and food colouring, but it was costing me a can a shot and was getting expensive.. plus it wasn't safe for little eyes if it got on their face. Thanks for the idea!