I love to engage my kids in sensory play. But let’s face it, sometimes sensory play is messy! How better to contain a mess, however, than to make it in the bathtub where you can easily wash it away! This was a very quick, very simple bathtub painting activity that I prepared using shaving cream and liquid watercolor paints.
I gave QBoy and XGirl both a plastic bowl filled with shaving cream. I then squired the color of their choice on top and allowed them to mix the color into the shaving cream. QBoy immediately went to work painting the bathtub with his fingers.
But it wasn’t long before he decided to paint himself as well.
XGirl discovered that she could use one of our bathtub blocks as a paint brush.
The paint didn’t last long in their bowls, as the kids thought it was great fun to wash the paint in to the water. Although that wasn’t how I had envisioned the activity going, it did give us an opportunity to talk about color mixing. We noticed how the water turned orange when XGirl washed out her orange paint.
Later, QBoy added some purple paint as well and the water turned more of a murky brown.
Eventually I drained the colored water and refilled the tub with clean water so I could bathe the kids. But this was so simple and fun that I’m sure we’ll do it again.
Note: I only allowed the kids to use the paint on the enamel tub, where I was confident it would not leave a stain. I did not want them to put any paint on the tile and grout as I was afraid the color would not wash out.
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