5 activities for homemade bath fun

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Sure, bath time is a blast for kids, but what about us poor parents left sitting idly by the tub? Where’s our fun?! Here are 5 easy bath activities that will ensure everyone has a good time while getting squeaky clean. You’ll never again hear the words, “I don’t want a bath tonight!”

Homemade bath bombs

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Image: A Beautiful Mess

These chic bath bombs are almost too pretty to use on the kids! Essential oils of lavender, lemongrass and peppermint have a lovely calming effect before bedtime. These are a thoughtful homemade gift that your children can give to teachers, neighbours and friends.

You’ll need:

  • Bath bomb mold
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup citric acidDot Point 1
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 and half tsp water
  • 1 tsp essential oilDot Point 2
  • 1 and quarter teaspoons oil
  • 1-2 drops food coloring (optional)

Method:

  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to remove any clumps
  • Stir wet ingredients together in a separate bowl
  • Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If it begins to fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly
  • Take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. If it’s still too powdery to hold together, just add a tiny bit more water
  • Fill each half of your bath bomb moldDot Point 3 until it’s just overflowing a little
  • Press together, then gently remove one side of the mold. Place the bath bomb on a tray and allow to dry slightly (10-12 minutes) before removing the other side
  • Once you are ready to remove the other side, invert the mold so the uncovered side is facing down. Gently remove the other half of the mold from the top. The key word is gently!
  • Allow to dry overnight. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in a dry place

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Glowing bath paint

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Image: Paging Fun Mums

This one requires a blacklight to make it work, so if you don’t have one lying around just see if you can borrow one or buy a cheap one. The rest of the ingredients are probably already in your house. This is definitely an activity for sleepovers or weekends because there’s no way they will want to get out of the bath… even when the water goes cold!

You will need:

  • Fluoro/Neon Paint (washable and non-toxic brand)
  • Shaving cream
  • Blacklight (try your local hardware store or ask a neighbour!)

Method:

  • Mix equal parts shaving cream to the paint
  • Turn off the lights
  • Paint the bathroom and shine the light!

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Bath crayons

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Image: My Little Celebration

Making these bath crayons can be a little messy; so make sure you set aside a dedicated workspace or head outside. It’s a great activity that will take you from day to night, and is a fun way to pass the time on a playdate. Your guests could even take their bath crayons home as a keepsake. Just remember the crayons will take a day or two to dry before you can use them.

You will need

  • Packet of soap flakes or grated block of soap – about 1 tablespoon of flakes per crayon, depending on the size
  • Assorted bottles of food colour
  • Water

Method

  • Give each child a small plastic bowl and metal spoon to make their crayon
  • In a small bowl mix about 1 tablespoon of soap flakes with a teaspoon of hot water to form a stiff paste.
  • Add a drop or two of food colour. The overall consistency is important – it has to be just stiff and ‘waxy’ enough to hold together, yet not too soft and sticky to roll properly
  • Scoop out, roll into a ball, and then into a sausage shape
  • Leave the crayons to dry for a day or two before using

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Bath salts

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Image: I Spy Plum Pie

This is a little project that you might prefer to use on yourself instead of unleashing on the kids! It makes a wonderful gift. The ingredients are simple, cheap and probably already in your cupboard. The bigger the rocks of sea salt, the better your finished product will look.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of Epsom Salts
  • 1 cup of Sea Salt
  • 3 tbsp of dehydrated milk
  • Food colouring
  • 1/4 tsp of essential oil

Method:

  • Mix the salts in a large bowl
  • Add 8 – 10 drops of food colouring to the salts. Whisk together
  • Add the powdered milk and whisk again
  • Add your essential oils
  • Spoon mixture into a dry jar
  • Place lid on and close tightly

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Bath paint

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Image: Meet The Dubiens

This is a ridiculously easy activity that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Don’t be afraid of staining white tiles and tubs, as most supermarket food colouring washes right off. Be aware, if your kids get too messy while playing you might need a second bath to wash it all off! It’s a small price to pay for seeing the colourful creations they make.

What you’ll need:

  • Foaming shave cream
  • Food colouring
  • Container (eg. silicone muffin tin)
  • Paint brushes

Method

  • Squirt some foaming shaving cream in each compartment of the muffin tin
  • Add food colouring to each one and make whatever colours you want. Mix them up well.
  • Give to your kiddo in the tub and let them have a blast!

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