rainy day fun: pudding paint in the tub!

Pudding PaintsI’m gonna go out on a limb here and choose something we’ve only used once, so far. It was that fun, and I wanted to make sure I tell you guys about it.

On Monday, after Madeline had been sick with a stomach virus the night before, we had a low key kind of morning. We skipped Story Time at the library, but I spent a majority of the morning reading books to Maddie. That novelty eventually wore off, after about 30 books. We needing something else to do. Something that would take up just enough time to bring us to nap. I remembered my friend posting on Facebook about bathtub painting, and I knew it would be perfect. We had the supplies, and I wanted to bathe Madeline again anyway.

This was quite possibly the easiest set up for an “art project.” I just mixed on packet of vanilla pudding with enough water to give a paint-like consistency. I separated it into four dishes, added food coloring, stirred and dropped in a few paint brushes. I took the paints and Madeline up to the bathtub, stripped her down to her diaper, plopped her in and let her have at it!

Her first instinct was, of course, to taste. This was absolutely fine since the paints were made of food anyway, but I discouraged her for future reference with real paints.Painting with puddingShe then spent at least 20 minutes exploring the paints, mixing colors, painting her hands and feet and the walls. The paints stuck to the walls and bottom of the tub really well. The colors were vibrant, but didn’t stain the tub or Maddie’s skin!Pudding Paint in the bathtubClean up was an absolute breeze. I just pulled off her diaper, turned on the faucet and Madeline spent another ten minutes rinsing out all the bowls and brushes.Washing pudding paint down the drainPudding PaintingsWhen she was finished, I gave the tub and Maddie’s hands and feet a quick wipe down with a wash cloth and filled up the tub for a bath aka another 15 minutes of fun!

Pudding paint is our new go-to rainy day activity. I don’t know how we lived this long without it!

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  1. Whoa. This is genius.

  2. You are brilliant!!

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