I like to do special little things with my son to celebrate the end of the work/school week—life is about the little things, right? His internal clock shifted (read, he’s going to bed about a full two hours later each night consistently—talk about an adjustment!) so we’ve been having more time to enjoy each evening.I had given this a try before when he was a bit younger but Anak was largely uninterested. Since I had all the materials on hand, I decided to give it another go. All you need is a muffin tin, shaving cream, food coloring, and a brush.Just put some shaving cream and 5-8 drops of food coloring.Then mix it up with something non-pourous that won’t stain, like a plastic chop stick!Stir it up…
Ta da! Yeah, I really did show ya’ll how to mix shaving cream with food coloring :P I know it’s not rocket science but after mixing all our foam bath paints, I realized I didn’t make Anak’s favorite color—pink! So I used the opportunity to snap a few more pics.Here’s one of his creations. I had envisioned us making shapes and pictures for minutes and minutes (which for a toddler is like saying hours and hours) like we usually do in the fog of the glass door but like most projects with kids go, his interest wasn’t in the purpose of the project.He was much more fascinated in the way water drops removed the color from the shaving cream.And how the foamy paint floated when you poured water into it.
My tips for you and your kiddos if you attempt to make your own bath paint foam paints are to:
– Do a test patch to make sure the bath foam paints don’t stain whatever surface you’re painting on. They shouldn’t stain the bathtub but we all know how the color red doesn’t like to play by the rules…
– Don’t actually let your kids paint while they’re taking a bath. Little eyes are sensitive and the last thing you’d want is to get shaving cream into the water.
– Make sure you don’t have any portrait sessions coming up! The stain on the skin from the purple foam bath paint looked a lot like a bruise.
Have you ever tried making bath foam paint? Do you have any other favorite bath time activities to share?