Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Make Your Own Bathtub Fingerpaints

I saw this recipe and thought, "huh, why not make one more thing for my kid to create a mess with?" The beauty of this one is that the main ingredient is soap! So really she is making a mess and cleaning it up all at the same time.

What you need:
-1 cup of handsoap for each color you want to make. Clear or white.
-Cornstarch
-Food coloring
- Container for each batch you make. I was puzzled as to what to use. After perusing the aisles at the dollar store, I settled on those squirt bottles you use for condiments. Red for catsup, yellow for mustard and a clear one. That way Jacq could squirt the liquid out and it was already in a storage container to use again.

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First, get a bowl and add one cup of soap. One softsoap container equals one cup. Add one teaspoon of cornstarch.

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Add a few drops of food color. I added 4 drops per batch.

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Mix it all up. I had to work it pretty well to get all the clumps out of the cornstarch.

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Then I used a funnel and poured them into the condiment containers. Red in red, yellow in yellow and I did blue in the clear container.

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Jacq had a blast with these in the tub. She used some foam brushes and her fingers. There was no staining on the tub or on skin!

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Just make sure to give your tub a good rinse after you get your little one out. There was quite a bit of soap reside and could cause your little one to slip the next time they get in the tub.

1 comment:

janna said...

Dear Suzy Homemaker/ Crafty Fox-

My mom used to make vanilla pudding, throw some food coloring in it and let us loose naked on the deck. It was so fun to paint yourself, I think we stopped about 3 or 4. Then she would just hose us off.