Tub Time Fun For Kids

Bathtime can be fun if given the right atmosphere. Create everlasting bubbles, soap paints or shaped soaps. Baths will never be boring again!

Tubtime Fun For Kids

Do you have a child that loathes baths or who is disappointed because the bubbles never seem to last long enough? Bathtime can be fun, if you give your child the right atmosphere for a fun bath. Making everlasting bubbles is easy to do and will give you mounds of bubbly bubbles. Even the adult may appreciate these.

To make Everlasting Bath Bubbles, pour a capful of bubble bath liquid into the tub as you're filling it. A squirt of liquid dishwashing soap will also do the trick. To this - while the water is still running - add in a tablespoon of gelatin and 2 teaspoons of glycerin. Glycerin can be found in the pharmacy section of your favorite grocery store.

Gelatin is good for your hair and nails. Along with the glycerin, the gelatin gives the bubbles structural integrity so that the bubbles last longer. If you use a flavored gelatin package rather than an unflavored, you will give the water, and sometimes the bubbles, unusual colors.

Soap Paints. If bubble baths aren't your style, how about making soap paints? The plus about soap paints is that the kids will be cleaning the walls of the tub while they paint. That is, if they wash off their masterpiece when they are through).

There are three types of soap paint that you can make with or for your child. The first one will probably not clean your walls as effectively as others, but it is great fun. Squirt shaving cream into plastic containers and mix with a few drops of food coloring and you have bath tub paint. This one can safely be used on bodies as well as the tub surround.

Soap paint can also be made with liquid soap that is mixed with cornstarch and food coloring. Mix 1/3 c liquid soap with the 1 T cornstarch and then add the food coloring, drop by drop. Be sure to use a clear liquid soap and be aware of sensitive skin. If this is an issue, be careful about the type of liquid soap that is used.



Using scouring powder or borax as the base can make a final type of soap paint. Add water to make a paint consistency and tint with food coloring. This paint should not be used by children with very sensitive skin and it does not clean bodies, but it will clean your tub. To make it more for all body types, consider using Epsom salt instead of the souring powder or the borax. This makes it safer for little bodies. For extra cleaning power, add liquid soap or some soap flakes to the mix. Start with 1/3 c of your base and add water to the right consistency. The addition of the soap will not be as effective at cleaning your tub, but it will make you feel as though they've actually cleaned their bodies while having fun.

Fun Soap. Perhaps soap paints are a little too messy for you. How about making soap in fun shapes for the kids or put hidden surprises inside of the soaps. Any candy making mold will be great for making soap. If your child has a favorite TV character, look for that same character in a candy mold. Many of the more popular characters have found themselves into molds, including fish, trucks, and butterflies. Now your child's soap can match the d├ęcor of the bathroom!

To melt the soap, use an empty coffee can in a water bath or get a special soap pot. Put the soap into a plastic storage bag and break it up with a hammer, or grate it. But the soap chunks or shavings into the can and melt them down. Stir them to get them to melt evenly. While the soap is melting, spray the candy molds with a non-stick spray. This is especially important if the mold you are using has lots of bumps and squiggles in it.

When the soap has melted, take it off the heat and mix in any colorings that you might want to add, or scents or other additions. Then ladle the soap mixture into the molds and let it set at room temperature. When hardened, it should pop out of the molds as easily as an ice cube from an ice cube tray.

To put a surprise inside of the soap, it is best to use clear glycerin soap. You can add colorants, or use colored soap, if you wish. Melt a small amount of soap as before. Use a block mold or a jell-o egg mold. Pour a small amount of the soap into the bottom of the mold. Pour in only enough to fill it slightly. Let it set for a few minutes so that it's still soft, but not firm. Put a small toy into the mold, pressing down slightly so that it stays in place. If it sinks to the bottom, the soap is not firm enough. Melt more soap and pour this soap into the mold, covering the toy and filling the mold. Let stand as before.

You can use different colors of soap if you want, or use a single color. The jiggler mold works better than a plastic egg because you can fill it through the top hole, and if you have a toy inside, it is easier to fit the two pieces together with the jiggler mold than with two separate eggs parts.

Bathtime can be fun and there are many fun soaps and suds. Be creative and have fun. Your kids will, too!

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