How to Make Bathtub Paint

Recipe for making homemade bathtub paint. Fun bathtub activity for toddlers and preschoolers!

On rainy days it’s sometimes hard to find things to do in the house to keep the kids busy. Surprise your kids with this fun bathtub paint. They will have no problem taking a bath, any time of day! I had a hard time getting my kids out of the tub.

I found this post for making your own bathtub paint several months ago and couldn’t wait to try it. It is very easy to make.

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To make your own bath paint you will need:

  • Ice cube tray or mini muffin tin
  • Food coloring
  • Baby shampoo
  • Cornstarch

You probably already have everything you need to make this. I love it when I don’t have to go out and buy something to try out a new project.


I used a mini muffin tin to mix my paints. You could also use an ice cube tray. Into each container place approximately 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 5 squirts of baby shampoo, 2-3 drops of food coloring, and 2 teaspoons water. Stir carefully so you don’t mix the colors together.

Place your kids in the bathtub with a paintbrush and let them have at it! You can leave the bathtub empty to give them more space to paint, or let them paint while they bathe.

Note: If you are worried about the food coloring leaving stains…your child might become a little discolored if he or she decides to paint themselves. I told my kids to paint the walls, and not themselves, and they had so much fun painting the walls that they actually followed my instructions.

If you have tile and grout, bright colors such as red could possibly discolor your grout. I read on another web site that if you coat the wall with a thin layer of vaseline first the bathtub paint will wash right off.

My bathtub and shower enclosure are all plastic and the paint washed right off with just a minute or two of scrubbing.

It was well worth the effort. The looks on the kids’ faces were priceless. They had a great time and wanted to take another bath the next morning.

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Recipe for making homemade bathtub paint. Fun bathtub activity for toddlers and preschoolers!

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