Bath Tub Paints


Make some Bath Tub Paints for some good, clean fun. They can be made with four simple ingredients found right in your kitchen.

Take a muffin tin (or containers of your choice) and add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch to each cup of the tin.


Then to each cup add about 1/4 cup of baby shampoo.


Add 4-5 drops of food coloring to each mixture to make your favorite paint colors.


Stir and mix together the paint until the color is fully incorporated and it has a smooth consistency. Add a small amount of water to each tin (about 2-3 Tablespoons) and stir.


Give each child a paint brush, put them into a shower or bathtub and let them go to town expressing their creative artistic abilities.


I did not let them paint on the wall tiles because I was afraid that the color might stain the grout! But every surface of the tub (and eventually their bodies) was fair game.


They were in the tub for over an hour having a blast.


When it was time to clean up, I gave them each a sponge and let them clean up their artwork. The best part was a clean and sparkling tub that I didn’t have to scrub myself!


Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1
    Razzle Dazzle Mom says:

    I loved bath paint as a kid, and well, my kids love to paint, and love to bathe, so can’t wait to try this one!!

  2. 2

    That is an awesome idea! I just recently found your blog and well…I am going to be very busy trying everything out!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3

    I just tried this with my 2 1/2 year old son tonight and he loves it! Thanks for the great idea and recipe.

  4. 4

    were do you find all these ideas? I can't wait to try them out!

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Why not use something like Johnson's baby shampoo … then even if it gets into the toddler's eyes by mistake it won't burn.

  6. 7

    Very cool! I will have to try this with my son!

  7. 8

    I found a picture of this through Pinterest and my 3-year-old and I just tried this over the weekend. It was a HUGE hit! The only problem we had was that we ran out of shampoo to make more! Thanks for the great idea!!

  8. 9

    i did this and i used neon food coloring it was great my son got it every where even on the grout and it did not stain but if you use the neon food coloring use 4 drops not 5 it leaves a very light tint on skin barely noticeable only reason i know because when i washed my hands it was so much fun cant wait to do it again

  9. 10

    can i make this in advance and put it in small jars for later?

  10. 11
    PrincessLear says:

    thanks for sharing the recipe! we tried it at home and it sure is fun!!!

  11. 12

    How long does it last? could I make it and store it for a while or does it need to be used right away?

  12. 14
    Jemma-kate says:

    Planning on making some of this for my niece for christmas, just wondering, where did u get your cornstarch from and which brand did u use??

  13. 15

    When my children were small, I would mix shaving cream and food coloring to make bath paint. They loved the 3-D effect of the shaving cream. It smelled good and never stained. Also, I would put it in an aluminum muffin tin so it would float in the water.

  14. 16

    This was great for my almost 3 year old to stay in a tepid bath with when we were bringing down a fever. Thank you!

  15. 17

    I’d love to make some of these for my friends’ children for Christmas, but not being a mom myself I’m not 100% up on what ages it would be a good gift for. What do you think? The kids I have in mind are 1, 3, & 5. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • 18

      Perfect! Be sure to use baby shampoo so that it doesn’t hurt if they get in their eyes. Those ages will love it. Even my older kids still love to use this!

  16. 19

    This was a huge hit! Every bath now involves this paint (which is sometimes twice a day!) I don’t even bother measuring the ingredients, it seems to work every time I make it. So far our grout has been safe; I try not to add too much food colouring. Thanks!

    • 20

      So happy to hear that! We still use this quite often as well…and I too get lazy measuring! haha! Thank you for coming and sharing this with me!

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