We’re working to turn bath time into a quality time in the middle of our busy lives. Using easy ideas like making kids bath paint, adding bubbles, and others, we have turned bath time into more than just a chore we need to cross off the list before bed.
Ivory is a brand that represents family to me. I can remember the familiar bar of Ivory soap in my grandmother’s bathroom whenever I would visit her. To me, it’s more than soap, it’s memories.
I’ve partnered with P&G and Ivory to share some of the ways we’re turning bath time into a chance for our family to spend time together making memories.
Quality Time During Bath Time with Kids Bath Paint Fun
Sometimes bath time just feels like another item on a long list of things we need to do in the evenings. On the nights that we have swim lessons or baseball, it sometimes feels even more challenging to get it done.
I don’t want to miss out on the chance to spend quality time with the kids just because we feel pressured by our busy lives. So I decided to change it up a bit.
Making Bath Time Easier
One of the best things we’ve done with bath time is to keep the basic routine simple. Just like Ivory aims to simplify life by using only pure & purposeful ingredients in its products, I worked to make our routine easier by keeping it consistent. The kids know that we do the same thing every single time they take a bath.
We get the cleaning done and then have time to play and enjoy the water.
It’s a simple routine that the kids help with too!
- Run water while kids get out towels.
- Dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
- Kids in the tub.
- Wash hair.
- Wash body.
- Fun time!
Ivory is a huge part of our bath routine now that the kids are older. It simplifies bath time because we can all use the same Ivory Bar Soap and Ivory Clean Body Wash.
Their products give me peace of mind because they are safe and gentle for our entire family. All three generations use Ivory and it’s a brand that has been trusted by many families for over 130 years. I know it’s been used in my family for longer than I’ve been around thanks to my grandmother!
Ivory Bar Soap has a new look these days but it’s the same pure soap I’ve come to trust. The Original Bar is 99.94% pure and free of dyes and heavy perfumes.
Plus, my kids love using the bar soap! There is just something a bit more fun about taking a bath using a bar of soap!
The Ivory Clean Body Wash has become a favorite of the adults in our home. It has a new gentle formula that I can use on myself and even use on the kids. It’s also free of dyes and heavy perfumes.
It’s nice to know that we have a simple option when it comes to bath time. I don’t have to worry about the ingredients I’m putting on our skin because Ivory only uses pure and purposeful ingredients.
Ivory makes it easy to get the kids clean and by getting into a routine where we take care of the actual bath before we play, the kids are eager to get clean so we can spend some time together.
Bath Activites to Do Together
Now that we’ve got our bath routine working for us, we take some time near the end of every bath to have fun together. Some of our favorite things to do while the kids are in the bath include:
- Add bubble bath and use it to make beards and funny hairstyles
- Break out bath toys and pool toys for some imaginative play time together
- Add blocks to the bath and build together
- We’re planning to get some pool noodles and cut them into pieces to use to build too
- Play with sponges (we want to make some sponge balls to play with!)
- Painting with homemade bath paint
How to Make Kids Bath Paint
One of our favorite things to do together during baths is painting with bath paint. When the kids were younger, I bought a lot of the bathtub crayons but then I discovered an easy way to make homemade bath paint.
Ivory has been huge in helping us make our own bathtub paint because I know that the kids can paint themselves and it will be gentle on their skin. Yes, Ivory is one of the main ingredients in our bath finger paint recipe!
Kids Finger Paint Ingredients
- Ivory Clean Body Wash
- Food coloring
There aren’t exact measurements for making your own paint but we usually use about a 2:1 ratio of body wash to cornstarch. We usually start with about a cup of body wash and 1/2 cup of cornstarch but you can tweak it to make more or less paint.
I use Ivory Clean Body Wash because I know it’s gentle and the kids usually paint on their bodies as well as the bathtub!
Homemade Bath Paint Directions
1. In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of Ivory Clean Body Wash with 1/2 cup of cornstarch.
2. Divide into smaller containers like small food storage containers or an ice cube tray.
3. Add a drop of food coloring to each container and stir to mix.
4. Have fun painting with your kids!
If you’re using ice cube trays, you can use a toothpick or straw to mix your color into the kids bath paint.
I also start with just a drop of food coloring and use the smallest amount needed to get the color I want. The great thing about using Ivory Clean Body Wash as the base for kids finger painting is that it washes clean off the tub and their bodies!
I like to think it’s getting them a little extra clean even if it looks a bit messy in the process! (Oh and clean-up is simple! Rinse skin and bathtub with water to wash the paint away!)
By simplifying our bath time routine and focusing on turning it into quality time spent together, we’re making memories even during the chores we have to get done.
With help from Ivory, we’ve turned giving the kids a bath into something we look forward to rather than just another thing to cross off our To-Do list! Instead of dragging their feet and complaining, the kids are excited to head upstairs to the bathroom.
Within minutes our bathroom is filled with laughter. Those evenings might seem like small moments, but the small things actually add up to be the big things. They are the moments that really matter.
For more fun ways to make memories together, check out some of our favorite ways to paint with kids (those these are a bit messier than kids bath paint!)
If you’re looking for more creative ways to paint with your kids, we have some other fun ways to paint too!