Bath Crayons

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 22, 2009

Guest Post by Katie Hostetter from Frugal Femina


I visited my cousin this summer on my way to a wedding. We’re building a house and only have a shower right now, so you can imagine my sheer delight when I saw that she had a bathtub. Not just any bathtub, mind you, but a garden tub. She also had some of the Avon Bath Time Body Paint, which my toddler, Bradley, thought was the greatest thing since sliced fruit. Happy Mama, happy toddler. Can’t go wrong with that arrangement!

Always on the lookout for fun kiddo activities, I checked to see if I could make my own bath crayons. I quickly found a recipe, and we got to cooking!


  • 1/8 Cup of Water
  • Bar of Ivory Soap
  • Grater
  • Food Coloring


Fill cup with 1/8 cup of water.


Grate 3/4 of a bar of Ivory soap.


Add the water and soap flakes to a bowl, and mix until you have a soapy paste.


Add 40-50 drops of food coloring. What toddler wouldn’t love making this kind of mess?!


Mix it together. Doesn’t it look tasty?


Press into an ice tray or other mold. I used a small muffin tin.


Allow to dry in a warm place for 2 days. Then grab your rubber ducky and have some fun in the tub! You can write out letters, draw shapes, or just plain scribble. All these activities are Bradley-approved. :-)


Want more crayon activities? Head over to Frugal Femina to see how you can bring new life to all those broken crayon pieces!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey November 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Really cool! I’ll have to try this.


Stacey M November 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

So cool!! I’m sooo gonna have to try this!


Cortney @ evanhaslanded November 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

What a fun idea. Never did it occur to me that I could make my own! My toddlers are going to love this!


Pam November 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I am interested in trying this but concerned the food colouring may stain the tub. Have you had any issues with this?


Krista November 23, 2009 at 12:26 am

Ditto on Pam’s comment… I know that straight food coloring can stain (don’t ask how I know) a tub/shower – especially the pre-molded kind. What do you know about this and is there any other kind of food coloring/dye that wouldn’t stain as much?


Fit Gizmos November 23, 2009 at 12:45 am

Great guide to make bath crayons. I have done it and it works perfectly well. How soon did you manage to make them?


Sharee November 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I love this! I have four kids in mind who are getting this…better get to work!!!


Tricia November 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm

At Michael’s Craft Store they sell soap coloring. It is about $3 for 3 colors and you don’t have to worry about staining. It goes along way!


Amy@homemade bath products May 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm

This looks like a ton of fun. Thanks for the great ideas. Glad your kids got to enjoy their bath at your cousin’s house.


Holly Nuttle June 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I tried making these crayons, but I can’t get them to actually color on the bathtub. I know some people were afraid of the color staining, but I have the opposite problem!! Can someone give me some tips? I used a WHOLE bottle of red food coloring


Kathleen September 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thanks so much for this! We’ve been out of bath crayons/paints for a while now, and I really didn’t want to buy more since they get used up so quickly (sometimes just in one bath alone). This is on my “to make” list for this week!
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