I have recently found a fantastic blog named Bath Activities For Kids. There are some amazing play activities that take place in the bath – a perfect place for messy play because it is easy to clean up. There is such a wide choice of activities it was hard to choose but we opted for painting rainbows.
I bought what I believed to be a small paint roller. It turned out to be quite big and heavy so it wasn’t ideal.I squeezed four colours of children’s paint into the tray and mixed in a little washing up liquid. Although the paints were washable I wanted to make sure the paint didn’t stain the bathroom tiles.
I rolled the paint roller in the rainbow paint to ensure it was completely covered.
I had thought Adam would react badly to going into the bath fully clothed (all be it his painting pyjamas after Day 55s activity). The lack of water probably helped but Adam didn’t mind at all. I made the first rainbow stripe down the bathroom tiles and then gave Adam the roller paint.
The roller brush was too big and heavy for Adam to manoeuvre easily so Dad-dad gave a helping hand. Even the bath got painted.
I left various paint brushes in the bath along with the rainbow paint.
Adam found it easier to use the brushes independently.
Although it didn’t stop him trying to attempt the roller paint.
Dad-dad kept using the roller paint to cover Adam’s art work so he would have new paint to make marks on.
To be honest I was sceptical that the bathroom tiles would be easy to clean. So I decided to time myself. It only took 2 minutes 35 seconds to completely clean everything – even the roller paint and brushes. I used the shower to wash down the walls and a cloth to wipe the grouting. The tiles came up lovely!
This is certainly an activity we will do again – but next time with a smaller roller. We are already hooked on using the bath for more messy activities. Definitely check out Bath Activities for Kids for more bath play inspiration.
I received a message on Facebook from Maddie explaining how she loved the rainbow bath tub painting idea. She did the activity with Gabriel, aged 21 months and sent me a photograph
Maddie replied “Absolutely loved it and it was so easy to clean. Will definitely be doing this weekly. Thank you for your blog! Such good simple ideas which I have never thought to do. Very grateful to have found it.”
* Paint roller and tray
* Children paint that is washable
* Washing up liquid
* Paint brushes
* A bath
Adam was 21 months old.
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