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Bathtub Crayons

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My kids and I had almost as much fun making these as they did using them! I found several "recipes" online for these, but ended up doing my own thing because the recipes I found called for too much water and even after I let them dry for 24 hours were still soggy!
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What I Used:

• 2 bars Ivory soap, finely grated
• food coloring gel (regular food coloring drops will probably work too)
• a tiny bit of water

What I Did:

1. Measure out 1/2 cup firmly packed grated soap and place it into a microwave safe dish.
2. Microwave for about 10-15 seconds.
3. Add desired amount of food coloring and mix until well blended , adding a few drops of water as needed. The soap should be a little firmer than the consistency of playdough, you should be able to pick it up and mold it in your hands.
4. Press soap into desired mold. I used a ice cube tray from Ikea, but you could use candy molds, soap molds, dixie cups or muffin tins.
5. Freeze for an hour or two, release from molds and let them sit for a few hours before using!
***The green and yellow crayons did not show up as well as the red and blue, I would recommend using darker colors***



I was worried that these might stain my bathtub, but was really surprised at how easily they washed off!




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7 comments:

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

What a neat idea! I love it!

Krista said...

I am definitely going to use this idea and recipe very soon with my kids. I love it- thanks so much for sharing!

Stacia said...

What a cute idea!

Rae said...

with a little boy that comes in from playing outside looking like pig pen, we will definitely be making these soon! Thanks for the great idea!

Larissa said...

LOVE THIS! Bathtime can always be made more fun!

Erin said...

So totally clever! My kids love bath crayons but they are expensive and they go through them so quickly. We'll be making these for sure!

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James and Monica said...

What a wonderful tutorial! I've been looking for crayons like these to buy, but making it is always better.
Question: from experience, does this work with any age? Thanks!