Foam Bath Paints

foam bath paint recipeWhip up a batch of these fun bath paints to encourage mark making fun at bath time!

EYFS Areas Developed:

  • Literacy: make a range of marks and talk about their marks
  • Physical: uses tools for a purpose
  • Expressive Arts & Design: explores colours and marks

I’ve seen quite a number of bath paints floating around on Pinterest and decided to give them a go myself as they are super easy and quick to make, using only two ingredients; shaving foam and food colouring!

I used a silicone mould to hold my paints which turned out to be really handy as we discovered it floated about in the bath next to Sophia (2.3yrs) for easy access.

I squirted foam into each hole to the top and then one by one I added a drop of food colouring (we use Wilton Food Gels) and mixed. I only added a little food colouring just to prevent any staining to Sophia’s skin or the bath.

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Then I let her get painting! She loved making marks along the side of the bath. She made a ‘rainbow’ and I encouraged her to make lines and circles. She quickly realised that she could paint on herself and had a heap of fun making patterns on her tummy.

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Painting in the bath is great for encouraging mark making and pre-writing skills as well as allowing children’s artistic creativity flow! It can also be great for colour mixing as we experimented and made orange and brown.

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Sophia enjoyed washing the paint from the bath tub when it was time to get out, I was happily surprised to find that it cleans off with ease and leaves no staining – phew! When the colours ran into the tub they created a murky greeny brown colour as it all mixed in. Sophia thought it was great fun to then lie on her tummy and be a snapping crocodile in the swamp!

These bath paints are a quick and inexpensive way to bring a bit of literacy fun into your bath times; give them a go!

Take a look at my PLAY RECIPE Pinterest board for more ideas!

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