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.





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.



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!

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