This is one of those ideas that will make you slap your forehead and exclaim “Why didn’t I think of that!”
Don’t worry, I didn’t think of it either. All credit goes to my friend, Dale.
I remember her telling me that she used to let her daughter paint in the bathtub. I don’t know why it took me so long to try it. It makes perfect sense for containing and cleaning up the mess of painting.
The boys had a case of Phoenix summer fever today- bored with being indoors, needing something new to do. Dale’s idea popped in my head.
We started with Crayola Washable Kids Paint and a variety of brushes.
I had Kellen take off his clothes and climb in the tub. I knew he would want to paint himself as well as the porcelain. I imagine this could be a great way to tempt a reluctant child to take a bath.
I gave him a couple of rules- keep the paint out of his hair (he hates getting shampooed) and only paint on the white of the tub. Other than that, he had free reign.
Liam did not want to get in the tub, but wanted to paint from the outside. This worked just fine. I thought it was cool that he was painting from a different vantage point than he normally does.
For clean up, I simply ran a bath and gave Kellen a variety of scrub brushes and sponges. We did have to run two baths- the first was colored with paint, the second was mostly clear. After draining the second bath, the tub was clean! I love that this is two activities in one, and that the child is responsible for his own clean up (even if it is fun).
The boys were free to try different techniques, go crazy with paint, and not have to worry about a mom demanding “Be careful! Watch where your painting!”
Not the greatest way to create lasting artwork, but it certainly will create a lasting memory. Paint the bathtub red! And yellow! maybe orange too…..