As mentioned previously, I am the ‘craft’ organiser this year for my MOPS group and the last time we met (just after Mother’s Day) we made our own bubblebath & body scrub from ingredients found around the house.
1/2 cup shampoo
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1. Gently mix the shampoo and water in a bowl.
2. Add salt and stir for approximately one minute or until mixture thickens slightly.
3. Pour into jar.This amount of mixture will be enough to fill 2 baby food jars.
4. Decorate your jar if desired.
* This would be even more fun if you used a clear or light-coloured shampoo and added some food dye. This way the bath would turn the colour of the food dye. You know I love that.Or if you added your own fragrance to an un-fragranced shampoo. I just used a pink, fragranced shampoo.
Of course, I had to test it out first with the kids & their little cousins and as you can see the bubbles most certainly worked. I will not be buying bubble bath again.
DIY Chocolate Body Scrub
We also made our own chocolate body scrub in baby food jars. Goose made some of these for her Aunties and Granny at Christmas time, thanks to this lady’s inspiration. We used the recipe at the bottom of this post and I think it would be fabulous with some orange essence, or essential oil of your choice, added.
These are both super easy acitivites for kids to do as well, to use at home or to give as gifts.
If you are interested in other craft activities that you can do with your kids, head over to our ‘Kids Craft’ page right here.
Or for others creative spaces for this week head over here.
Back when we first started having colored baths someone suggested that we try making our own body paint for the bath.
I finally got around to giving it a go….
Just add a drop of food coloring to some bubble bath or liquid soap in a cup and mix together – voila! Bath body paint!
The kids had an enormous amount of fun!
However, as we have lovely white tiles and white grout, when they started painting the tiles it left a slight stain on the grout, so not sure if we’ll be doing this again in the near future… If you have a grotty old bathroom or you don’t have tiles, but a shower screen, then go for it! Otherwise I’d suggest using it for bodies only.
If you’d like to read more about colored baths click here for a super easy, stain free way of having some bathtime fun!
Warning – Never leave bathwater unnattended, especially not when it is blue bath water. He apparently couldn’t wait for me to help him take his clothes off. “Give it a try yourself, you know how to do it, I’ll be there in a minute!” I yelled from the kitchen as I quickly cleaned the spill off the floor produced by his younger sister at the same time as exasperatingly asking his big sister for the third time to put her dishes in the sink and all while he busily piled every towel into the bath and just hopped in. Why wait?
I would love to be able to share some especially creative art form that I am working on today, but in reality I get very little time to do that, so lately I have been trying to be as creative as possible in the every day things in my life. This seems more manageable.
Bath time has become quite the creative space at our house recently. Click ‘bath’ label on bottom of this post to follow previous bath time creativity.
Pretty pink was the choice of my 2 year old boy last night. He has always been quite partial to pink.
Another new idea I was given today was to put some bubble bath or liquid soap into a plastic cup, add a few drops of food dye, mix it together and then give the kids some paint brushes to go crazy! I think we’ll give that one a go tonight.
See who else is playing along with ‘my creative space’ today over at Kirsty’s blog.
Yes, that is a syringe in our bath! When you have a daddy who works in a hospital he can bring home lots of fun things. These are great water pistols! They also come in handy when kids are icing biscuits (of course I use a new set of syringes for those!).
It has also been brought to my attention that I need to clarify a few things when trying this trick at home.
1. you really only need the smallest of small amounts of food dye (just a drop or two) – it goes a surprisingly long way!
2. you need to put the coloring in before the kids get in the bath. Otherwise, it can splash on them and if it gets directly on the skin it will stain for a while.
Along this theme, I happened to see a new product today called ‘Gelli Baff’ when waiting for the checkout at Target this morning. Apparently it turns the bath/pool water, into jelly and then back again to water…….really! I am intrigued! Anyone tried it?
I know it looks like someone has had a serious bath time accident, but it was the requested colour this evening. If you have not been joining in the bath time fun times, then check out this and this. I am starting a new craze amongst my friends. Hilarious!
In an effort to encourage grotty and reluctant children into the bath, I have recently employed a new trick. The idea was given to me by a friend (thanks Peta!) to put food dye in the bath. I was a little nervous putting in the first drops, thinking the color would leave a residue, but was pleasantly surprised. We have now had, pink, green, blue and purple baths. It has worked a treat. As you can see in the photo below, we have gone so far as to only have matching toys in the bath. As well as pleasing my 2 year old who just loves things to match, I must admit I quite like the artistic element to bath time. When this stops working….any tips?
It reminds me of a little toilet training trick someone once suggested of putting blue dye in the toilet water and asking the child to make it turn green! Wonder if it works…..