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Play Dough Bubble Bath. It’s like two of the greatest things in the world colliding into one ball of awesomeness according to my kids. Between squishing and shaping the play dough and the bubbles from the bubble bath, it’s just so much fun. But if you buy the store version it can be very expensive, and I was going broke buying the their precious bubble bath play dough. After doing some playing around we have come up with our own bath play dough recipe that the boys love making and using!
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To make this Super Simple 3 Ingredient Play Dough Bubble Bath recipe you will need:
1/4 cup Bubble Bath – I like to use a more natural product with no additional scents (we add essential oils to create our own scents), but you can use your favorite bubble bath.
1/2 – 3/4 cup Corn Starch (varies slightly based on your bubble bath type)
1 tsp Coconut Oil – You can substitute sweet almond oil or grape oil, but we always have coconut oil in the house, so that’s the easiest for us. You can also leave out the oil if you wish, and simply increase the bubble bath a bit. It is so dry where we live, the oil really helps my son’s skin. It also gives the play dough a much smoother, silkier feel.
Essential Oils – optional
Coloring – optional (use a water based coloring like this one)
In a bowl mix together the bubble bath, essential oils and coloring (if you want uniform color or leave it until later for a marble effect). Melt the coconut oil in the microwave if it’s solid, then add that to the bowl.
Finally, add the corn starch. Start with 1/2 cup and mix it in, if it doesn’t pull together add another 1/4 cup of corn starch and continue mixing. As you mix it will pull together into a nice, solid ball. Start kneading with your hands to really mix it all in. This is a great activity for the kids to do.
There may be some extra corn starch left in the bowl, that is fine. Simply discard it.
If you wanted the marble effect, add the coloring now to your bubble bath play dough, or leave it creamy white for a beautiful, natural finish.
Store in an air tight container and use within a week. We found it started to dry out and pull apart after a a few days. Of course, once you are in the bath and getting it wet, you don’t notice that anymore.
To use simply give your child about a tablespoon sized ball of the play dough bubble bath to play with in the bath. Holding it under the water will help create more bubbles.
This is a great way to save money, but most of all, have fun with your very own play dough bubble bath!
A NOTE OF CAUTION! – For those that follow my blog you will recognize that essentially we are making a non-newtonian fluid here, we are simply adding more corn starch to obtain the desired play dough consistency. If you add too much of this to your bath water you will create oobleck. Now the ratio to create oobleck is 2:1, so you would have to use a LOT of this play dough to reach those ratios (2/3 of the bath tub would need to be play dough!), but still, use common sense and don’t give your kids too much of this in the bath. If nothing else, it could get very slippery! We have found the perfect amount is a nice tablespoon sized portion per bath.
Looking for a Merry and Festive variation? Try our Play Dough Bubble Bath and Play Dough Soap Candy Canes!
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