Friday, 23 January 2015

Natural Bathtub Crayons

What’s more fun than drawing on things you normally aren’t supposed to draw on?

Heres how to make your own natural bathtub crayons so kids can enjoy a little drawing time in the tub. Your kids will love helping with this project!

Who knows, you may even discover the next Picasso right in your own bathroom.

Homemade Bathtub Crayons

You will need:

1 bar of white soap, grated (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons hot water
natural powdered colors
small ice cube tray or silicone mold
1 medium mixing bowl, several small bowls
1 large spoon, several small spoons

1. Put grated soap in a medium bowl and drip the hot water into the soap while stirring. (Do not use more than the recommended amount of water or your bathtub crayons will have a longer drying time.)

2. Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into several small bowls (depending on how many colors of crayons you want to make). Sprinkle your powdered colors into the separate bowls, stirring after each addition, until desired color is reached. You will end up with a very thick paste.

3. Tightly pack the colored soap into your molds, washing hands before working with each new color. Set aside in a warm, dry place to harden.

Allow to dry for 5-7 days. Once crayons are dry, gently remove from molds and allow to dry for 2-3 more days before using.

A few notes about homemade bathtub crayons

Choosing your soap – You can use a homemade bar of soap, or use a plain white store-bought bar. White bars provide a perfect pallet for making brightly colored crayons.

Choosing your dye – You can make these with liquid synthetic food dyes, which produces very brilliant colors. But you might worry about kids soaking up the artificial colors through their skin. Look for natural powdered colors that are typically used to color mineral makeups and soaps. They are derived from things like minerals and plants, and create a very vivid bathtub crayon without the concerns of synthetic dyes.

The choice is yours.

Packing into molds – Larger crayons will take longer to dry. Use a miniature ice cube tray or silicone baking molds, only fill each slot about 2/3 full. Packing the soap tightly into molds is the most important part of this project. If soap is not tightly packed, crayons will come out of molds cracked and crumbly. Your kids will cry because they waited more than a week for their finished crayons. So pack. Pack tightly.

Clean-up – Since these bathtub crayons are made out of soap, they wash right off non-porous shower/tub walls…not even the slightest trace of residue left behind. (The colorants won’t even stain your fingers when you make them because it’s suspended in SOAP!)

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