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Messy Play in the Bath

I have said it before: I am not a fan of messy play. I still want my children to grow up having fun and getting opportunities to get dirty just for fun.

My mum bought them finger paints and stamps in the summer. I was dreading the time they would ask to play with them to be honest. As they asked paint the bath on Thursday night, I thought those paints would be perfect! I let them paint the bath before and they loved it!

Messy Play in the Bath - Finger Paints

I gave them the paints, the stamps and three paintbrushes.

Messy Play in the Bath - Stamps

After they got undressed, they went in the empty bathtub, with instructions to paint the bath only, not the whole bathroom!

Messy Play in the Bath - Painting the Bath

As they were washable finger paints, I was not worried about them getting paint all over themselves.

Messy Play in the Bath - Messy


They had the time of their life, and even painted each other!


Once they had had enough, I have them soap to clean themselves as well as the bath and I rinsed them quickly.

We then filled the bath, adding lots of bubble bath to end on a fun not and make sure there was no paint left anywhere. Apart from a bit of soap in their eyes, it was all giggles and smiles!

Messy Play in the Bath - Bubbles

It was simple, improvised fun and even though it was a particularly messy activity, it did not leave anything for me to tidy; just a shiny bath and three clean kids!



  1. ToInfinityAndIVF
    08/10/2014 / 1:27 pm

    Fantastic idea!!! I haven’;t been brave with paints yet with Z but I love how you’ve done it in the bath. I might steal it 😉

    • Mel
      09/10/2014 / 10:15 pm

      Please do! Homemade finger paints are also really easy to clean (my recipe is on the blog). x

  2. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    08/10/2014 / 3:02 pm

    The bath is the best place for messy play as it is so easy to clean up! Looks like they had loads of fun, just fabulous! Xx #sharewithme

    • Mel
      09/10/2014 / 10:17 pm

      They had a good hour and a half of laughter and squealing That is a successful activity in my books!

  3. 08/10/2014 / 8:20 pm

    Great idea. I’m with you – not keen on messy play but can just about tolerate it in the bathroom and outdoors.

    • Mel
      09/10/2014 / 8:43 pm

      Playgroups are pretty good for that as well. The girls get their weekly fix of painting and playing with sand there. They generally stick with trains, puzzles, small world play, dens & dressing up at home.

  4. 09/10/2014 / 11:41 am

    What a great idea, messy play can always be a bit of a drag when you have to clean up afterwards, doing it in the bath is such a great idea. Dropping in from Magic Moments.

    • Mel
      09/10/2014 / 7:20 pm

      I like ‘easy’ messy play when it happens indoors. I am a lot more relaxed outdoors, but we only have a tiny garden.

  5. 09/10/2014 / 9:22 pm

    I hate messy play too! I feel like I am robbing my kids because I don’t let them do it at home. This is such a great idea. I would have never thought to be messy in the bath and then easy to clean up. Thanks such a great idea and linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Mel
      09/10/2014 / 9:53 pm

      Always a pleasure to link up! I like thinking of ways to enable them to get messy whilst not stressing about it. I definitely do not want them to become too obsessed with cleanliness. x

  6. 10/10/2014 / 2:11 pm

    What an absolutely brilliant idea! I hate messy play too, but I definitely should try this one out 🙂

    • Mel
      19/10/2014 / 8:22 pm

      Do try! I am sure the girls would love it.

  7. mirari
    15/10/2014 / 8:10 pm

    votre blog est fantastique!

    • Mel
      15/10/2014 / 10:42 pm

      Merci, c’est adorable!

  8. 15/10/2014 / 11:05 pm

    Great idea! Sounds like your bath might have actually been cleaner by the time they were finished. 🙂

    • Mel
      15/10/2014 / 11:12 pm

      I think it was! x

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