Homemade Bubble Bath for Kids
Some of my favorite things to make in the kitchen are bath products for kids. This is partly because I am regularly appalled at the chemicals in store-bought products, and partly because I don’t want to pay high-end prices for something I can make myself. Homemade bubble bath for my kids is no exception!
Making Bath Products for Kids
There are a few things to keep in mind when making these products – because children are not just small adults when it comes to skincare. Kids’ products require a bit more care.
1. When making bath products for kids it is important to keep in mind that the average child does not need heavy moisturizing. Keep the oils light.
Oils for kids:
2. Watch out for heavy scents and keep in mind their individual effects. Don’t make a peppermint bath product that you intend to use at bedtime or you’ll have a stimulated child when you would like a relaxed one.
3. Keep in mind that what goes into the water goes into your child. If you don’t like the effects of chemical dyes in their food, don’t add them to their bath products.
This past week, I despaired that my children didn’t have any fun bubble bath products. They are also at an in-between age where they no longer really have any bath toys but would still enjoy something to do while they soak. So… I altered a homemade play dough recipe to give them both – a homemade bubble bath play dough!
Gluten-Free Bubble Bath Play Dough
- ½ cup white rice flour (find it here)
- ½ cup salt
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sunflower oil (find it here)
- ¼- ½ cup castile soap (find unscented castile soap here)
- food coloring, optional (find natural food coloring here)
1. Stir flour, salt, cornstarch and cream of tartar together. Set aside.
2. Boil 1 cup of water. Remove from heat.
3. Add ¼ cup castile soap and oil to boiled water.
4. Mix flour mixture and water mixture together and stir until incorporated. Once it is cool enough, knead the mixture into a dough-like consistency. Add more flour or castile soap as needed to adjust the texture. Optional – divide into smaller balls and knead in food coloring if you want a few different colors.
5. Divide into “servings” to make transporting smaller portions to the bathtub easier. Store in airtight containers. If you are layering the dough, separate with wax paper.
My kids enjoyed making sculptures and then taking them for a swim in the tub. Each time they are dunked they add more bubbles to the bath. Next time I plan to add fine glitter to the kneading step of this recipe for my daughter. You could also add a drop or two of essential oil, such as lavender, to this recipe for the perfect calming bedtime routine.
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