We love making our own art and play materials here on Bath Activities for Kids. The process of making the materials is lots of fun for kids and they are always so proud to use items they made themselves. These homemade bath crayons were simple and fun to make.
Homemade Bath Crayons
To make Homemade Bath Crayons you will need:
- Glycerin soap
- Food coloring OR soap coloring
- Optional- essential oil or bath oil for scent
I purchased my glycerin soap at Michaels Craft Store in a large package with contained 20 square bars. I used a 50% off coupon so the soap only cost $5 and I was able to make A TON of crayons. (Michaels has ongoing 50% coupons- sign up for their savings if your not already)
We placed two soap bars in a microwave safe dish at a time and heated for 30 seconds.
This was the perfect amount of time for our microwave. If your soap isn't melted all the way add a few seconds to the microwave time.
Once the soap is melted carefully and quickly remove the dish from the microwave and add color and scent if desired. We used a few drops of food coloring and essential oil for each batch. Then quickly stir. If kids are helping be careful as the soap is hot and container are hot.
Quickly pour the melted soap mixture into the mold of your choice. You can use ice cube trays, jello molds, etc. We happened to have a crayon mold on hand so used that to make some of our crayons.
I was able to get 5 crayons for every 2 bars of soap.
I made our crayons with varying aroma-therapies. Eucalyptus to open up the airways and soothe during sick times. Citrus to awaken the body and mind on dreary days or when engaging in educational activities. Lavender to calm and soothe- great for before bed. Tea tree which is good for the skin and has a very unique scent.
The girls will play with the crayons freely just to explore the senses and art in the bath but I also tucked some away for when each therapy is needed. For example, if the girls have a cold I will pull out a few eucalyptus crayons during bath time.
We also made character bath crayons for the girls using a plastic jello mold I found in the baking aisle at Walmart for one dollar.
They had a few different character molds. We got the Madagascar one.
Once your soap mixture is added to the mold of your choice let it sit for several hours. We popped ours in the fridge and they were completely hardened in one hour. I also think placing them in the fridge makes it easier to pop the crayons out of the mold.
These homemade bath crayons were so simple to make and are much cheaper than the store bought variety! Besides that I was able to add my own scents and I love that I know exactly what is in them. They are not as vibrant as store bought crayons but work really well, and Rosie and Jewel really enjoyed making them.
Homemade Bath Crayons
Simple to make and SO FUN for kids!
Add scent for even more fun!
We use these essential oils but you can find a variety of types in most major department stores and pharmacies. The individual bottles last a really long time and there are TONS of ways to use them in play! Click the photos below for tons of ideas!
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