Bath time is one of my kid’s favorite activity. They are drawn to any activity where water is involved, whether they’re wearing a bathing suit, clothes or they’re naked. If there’s water, they are the first to get in.
I think their love for bath time is partly because I’ve always tried to make bath time fun: we have a good selection of non-toxic bath toys we rotate, we also play fun activities and recently we started experimenting with bath crayons. Let me tell you, they love it!
I can’t believe it took me so long to try this out!
This activity is not only perfect for kids that love taking baths but also for kids that are a little hesitant about bath time. This will keep them so entertained they won’t mind taking a bath and getting clean.
My youngest doesn’t like when I’m putting soap on her so I usually do that when she’s busy drawing on our bathroom walls with these crayons. The best is that since you’re making these you know what’s in them and you don’t have to worry about using products with questionable ingredients.
How to make non-toxic bath crayons
- Melt and Pour Soap
- Grapeseed Oil (optional – this is a good for the skin but not necessary for the bath crayons to function)
- Food dye
- Silicone mold (the molds I use are from IKEA)
- Glass jar for storage
Melt soap as directed on the package. The quantity of soap will depend on the size of the mold you’re using so start with a little bit. You can always make more.
Pour melted soap into the mold, but only halfway.
Add a tad of grapeseed oil to each section of the mold on top of the melted soap.
The grapeseed oil is fantastic to use for kids with dry skin or to help combat winter skin.
Fill the remaining parts of the molds with the leftover soap.
Add the colors of choice to each section and swirl with a toothpick. This will get the color throughout the entire crayon, but will leave a tie-dye look.
Once it’s all mixed, leave the silicone mold on your counter until it hardens. If you want to speed up the process you can put them in the fridge.
The tie-dyed look does not affect the crayons ability to color since the color is swirled throughout.
We store ours in a large glass jar. If they are just thrown in the tub and left there they won’t last very long.
This is what it looks like when you color with these non-toxic tie-dye bath crayons.
If you make these bath crayons I’d love to see them. Tag me on instagram (@mamainstincts).
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Oooooh I want to make these SO badly now!
They’re so easy to make! I bet you could get them done tonight. 🙂
im goig to for my boyfriends little brother. he has medical probs so he needs stuff to make him happy. so i cant wait to do it either!
Hope he loves it! 🙂
Why do drip grape seed oil in the middle instead of just mixing it in the melted soap?
Hi Eliza, there are two reasons for that.
1- You will probably melt more soap than you need to use and this way you can save the leftover soap for another project, if you add in the oil you can’t really save that for something else.
2- You don’t want to heat up oils so if you mix them right away you might lose some of the grapeseed oil properties, by adding it later on, your soap will be cool enough so it won’t affect the oil properties.
hi! how much of each ingredient would I need (ish) if i have to make 50 of these?
Hi Sarah! I’ve never made that much at once but I estimate a whole brick would make about 50ish.
Where do you get soap like that to melt?
Chelsea if you click on the link for the soap it’ll show you the one I get. You can get it on Amazon. 🙂
Do you have any trouble cleaning the tub afterwards?
No! It’s just like washing off soap. 🙂
Patricia Zivelonghi says
is it better to use food coloring or soap coloring and what about mica or glitters
I personally like to use natural food coloring since it’s for little kids but you can use whatever you prefer instead. 🙂
I made these the other day, but I think I used too much food coloring. Do you have issues with the crayons turning the bath water colors. My daughter’s bath water was so gross looking because of the colors bleeding that I had to drain and refill the bath tube before washing her.
I’ve never had that issue… You only need very little food coloring. Sorry that happened! Just try using less next time 🙂
Does the dye stain the tub or child? Haha 🙂
No, we haven’t had issues with it staining the kids or the tub. 🙂
Does this stain?
Hi! It’s never stained our tub and we have made this many many times. Hope that helps!