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Bath Paint Kids DIY

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This 3-ingredient homemade bath paint kids recipe is a fun toddler bath time activity. Plus, the recipe is ready in 5 minutes using 3 simple kid-safe ingredients, and it’s easy to wash for mums too!

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What are bath paint recipes?

A bath paint recipe is a kid-safe paint recipe to use in the bathtub and draw, color, and play on the bath walls. It’s a fun toddler sensory activity to develop your child’s fine motor skills and a fun activity to keep the kids entertained on rainy days.

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How to make a bath paint recipe?

All you need to make a homemade bath paint recipe are 3 simple ingredients:

  • Kids liquid body wash or baby liquid soap or hand soap. Some recipe calls for dish soap, but I don’t recommend this option as it can harm kids’ sensitive skins.
  • Corn starch
  • Liquid food coloring

First, in a medium-size mixing bowl, mix the cornstarch and liquid soap. Then, divide the mixture into small bowls or containers that are easy to carry in the bath – preferably light, a plastic container like an ice cube tray.

How to make bath paint recipe

Finally, add a few drops of food coloring to each batch of bathtub paint, stir with a toothpick to combine, and it’s ready for play!

How to play with bathtub paint?

This is a great finger paint recipe to play safely in the bath and draw shapes, numbers, and pictures on the walls of the bathtub.

Kids favorite activities are also to use this finger paint recipe with:

  • paintbrush
  • sponges
  • bath poofs
  • toys
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How to clean bath paint recipe?

Great news for us, mums, this paint is easy to clean with lukewarm water! It’s very bubbly. We love to call this bubble paint as it makes lots of bubbles in the bath.

But apart from the bubbles, if you don’t overdo the food coloring and your bathtub epoxy is not damaged, it doesn’t stain.

If stains appear, use a magic sponge, and it removes all stains left by the food coloring.

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Also, always stay in the bathroom when the kids play with this paint to avoid contact with kids’ eyes, mouth, or hair.

The cornstarch can stick into long kiddies’ hair if it dries out, and cornstarch is not safe to eat.

Rinse with clear water if the paint goes in your kid’s eyes.

Can I store the paint?

This paint stores well for 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature, not in contact with heat or moisture.

Have you made this homemade bath paint recipe? Share a comment or review below. I would love to hear if your kids loved playing with this finger paint recipe in the bath!

Have fun, Carine

toddler finger paint recipe

Bath Paint Kids

An easy bath paint recipe a fun toddler bath activity!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Yield: 1 batch
Author: Carine



  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine liquid body wash and cornstarch until it forms a gooey white mixture.
  • Split the mixture evenly into plastic bowls or ice cube trays.
  • Stir in a few drops of liquid food coloring into each bowl, and your batch of paint is ready.
  • Play in the bath, under adult supervision, don't let your toddler alone playing with this paint recipe. Kids can use their fingers, paintbrushes, or sponges to play with this paint. Don't bring the paint in contact with eyes, hair, or mouth. Rinse immediately with clear water if some paint goes in their eyes or mouth.


  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature in a cool place for up to 2 days.
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