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Sparkle Crafts: Easy Homemade Bath Paints

Sparkle Crafts: Easy Homemade Bath Paints

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Spring Thaw Paddle Tour”, Martin and Sylvia are excited to paddle along with Mama and Daddy in the town’s annual celebration. When townsfolk gather together on the water in boats and canoes to enjoy the freshly thawed sights. But as they are getting the canoe ready, Martin starts to sneeze as a spring cold sets in, fever and all! Sylvia can’t bear to leave her brother behind and instead hatches a plan to bring the spring thaw paddle tour to Martin, constructing boats from a few items from the kitchen.

Today we’re going to add a bit of scenery to Sylvia’s indoor paddle tour with a bit of homemade bath paint!


You Will Need

(Option 1)

Shaving cream

Coloring (such as food coloring or liquid watercolors)

(Option 2)

Tempera paint

Small bit of shampoo or body wash

(For Option 1 & 2)


Paint brushes

Your own Sponge Paddle Boat (get the directions HERE)


What To Do

For Option 1: Spray a bit of shaving cream into your containers. Add a bit of your coloring of choice and then stir stir stir. Voila! You’ve got a bit of nice smelling bath paint!

For Option 2: Combine tempera paint with a bit of soap (for easier removal). Stir stir stir, then paint!


Now it’s time to paint! We used our paints and boat outside in our water table, then again later in the bathtub at the end of the day. What do you think you would see around a lake – houses, hills, trees, birds or animals? Paint up your ideas, then set your boat out for a sail.

The beauty is that neither paint will stain (hooray!) Plus, if you tire of brushes you can use your fingers instead for a creative sensory experience.


Explore More & Make Connections

Do you have a lake, river, or pond in your town? Does it freeze in the winter or do you live somewhere warm? What do you see around the water? Can you paint some of those things?


Have you ever gotten sick when you were looking forward to doing something? Going to a show, a class, or a town event of your own? How did it feel to miss the event? How do you think Martin felt when Sylvia decided to stay back with him?

About the Authors

Andrea Folsom

Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.

Danielle Reiner

Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.

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