Making Bathtub Finger Paints

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Kids love to play in the tub. Homemade finger paints are a perfect activity for the tub. This is a page about making bathtub finger paints.


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This is a very inexpensive way to let your kids have some extra fun in the bath. I found the recipe over 10 years ago and I make it all the time for my kids. They love it. This also makes a nice gift for friends with kids. Before using, test in an inconspicuous spot in the tub or shower to make sure that these won't stain. I've never had a problem, but you should test it first to be on the safe side.

Total Time: about 20 minutes

Yield: I filled 8 (4oz) baby food containers.

Source: I think this was from Family Fun magazine.


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup mild, liquid dishwashing soap (I used Ivory)
  • food coloring
  • sauce pan
  • whisk
  • bowl
  • containers to store the paints in
  • measuring cups


  1. Dissolve 1 envelope of gelatin into 1/4 cup hot water. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
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  3. About 5 minutes later, I start this next step. Combine 1/2 cup cornstarch, 3 TBS sugar and 1 3/4 cups cold water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring until thick. (Once it thickens, it happens fast!)
  4. Reduce heat to low. Add gelatin mixture and 1/4 cup mild, dishwashing soap. Whisk mixture til smooth. Let cool.
  5. Divide mixture into small containers. Add a drop or two of food coloring. Don't get too crazy with it. A little goes a long way. Stir mixture til the color is incorporated.
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  7. Test mixture on tub before using.
  8. Let the kiddos have fun!
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