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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Crazy Colourful Bath Fun

As my days with dragon are starting to decrease as increase my days at work, I feel the need to make sure she gets to do something special on our day together.  The weather had turned a bit and a park playdate was going to be weather dependent so I decided we had better make the most of the day before the pre-nap crankiness set in!

BathPaints

A wakeful night for the whole family meant the morning routine was a little out of whack. Miss would be needing a bath so a bit of mucky fun seemed in order before that.

I had seen several suggested bath paints online and knew there was a great recipe out there to contain the mess to the bathroom!

I settled on using the method from The Idea Room.

But not being one to follow recipes to the letter, my version turned out like this

  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 1/4 cup Baby wash/shampoo – this was a chance to use up the sample packs and brands we don’t normally use
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • Food colouring
  • Plastic fork for mixing
  • Bath scrub for the tub
  • Paint brushes, sponges

I added a little more water as I wanted a runnier consistency because I wasn’t necessarily convinced they would come off so easily!!

I mixed up the first 3 ingredients then poured it into our tray. I decided to use our much beloved Weanmeister freezer pods that were awesomely useful to us during our early days of starting solids and continue to prove their utility in our home.

I went a little heavy handed with the food colouring so be warned!  Also I had an impatient ankle biter confused by what was being made on the kitchen counter and was convinced she was hungry as well as curious!  Give them a good stir to absorb the colours and keep the corn starch from separating.

Dragon had a silly load of fun – we made sure that the session was accompanied by lots of warm water  - it was a little nippy, intense colours and a need to clean brushes.  It was testing for mummy to see the crazy colour mixing but what fun for the dragon. I was frequently ordered to keep the supplies of warm water coming  so I gave up the constant running and turned on the warm water helped move around the excess colour.

Clean up is a breeze too – grab that bath scrub and encourage them to start wiping as you pour the warm water. Once the colours were nicely diluted, I popped the plug in and filled up the tub. Fears that I may have colour dipped my child into looking like a smurf were soon allayed. I rubbed a bit of coconut oil on her skin for extra cleaning measure. It made the bath a slip n’ slide which only added to the fun! 

So throw on some fun tunes, strip them off and let them go for it! My very happy little girl enjoyed a lovely nap after all her fun and this evening insisted another bath was necessary and gave her Dad a run for his money when he tried to get her out (I forgot to put away the paint brushes!!!)

Warning: Please keep an eye on your little at all times. The soapy paint makes the tub slippery. Do not leave them unattended and frequently dilute with water to wash away the soapiness. I used less soap than the original recipe required.

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