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 Family Activity Idea: How to Make Bath Bombs!

Family Activity Idea: How to Make Bath Bombs!

Having difficulty finding fresh new ideas to have fun with your kids?  Fear not for here is a great solution!  Have a go at making bath bombs!  They are fun, easy-to-make and can be a great accessory for your bathroom.  Whether you have an inset or freestanding bathtub, they will look great!  They can also develop some great skills in your children by getting them to follow a recipe without having to worry about anything sharp or any hot appliances.  Bath bombs might actually get your children excited for bath time!

Why Make Bath Bombs?

1. It Is Fun with The Kids! 

It is no secret kids love arts and crafts and they love doing it with their parents.  This will be a new arts and crafts activity that will be sure to stimulate them!  They will love the brilliant colours and fantastic smells.  They will be able to then use their bath bomb which will give them satisfaction seeing their creation at work!

2. It Will Develop Your Kids

Following directions like a recipe is important.  Not only for cooking but life in general.  Learning how something is done and then doing it is essential for development.  Bath bombs do not endanger your kids like cooking might, surrounding them with sharp objects and hot appliances.  Bath bombs give a safe alternative to following a recipe!

3. They Make a Great Bathroom Accessory!

Whether you have a modest inset bathtub or a more noticeable freestanding bathtub, bath bombs will make a great accessory in your bathroom.  They really make the bathroom feel homely by putting your families’ creations on display.  It will make your children feel comfortable and excited for bath time as they can use the bath bombs they worked so hard to make!

What You Will Need to Make Your Bath Bombs

Makes: 4 halves.

Prep Time: 30 minutes.

Setting Time: 2-4 hours.

Ingredients

  • 100g bicarb soda. 
  • 50g citric acid.
  • 25g cornflour. 
  • 25g Epsom salt. 
  • 2 tablespoons of base oil (olive oil, coconut or sunflower are all suitable). 
  • ¼ teaspoon of essential oil (orange, lavender or chamomile are all suitable).
  • Liquid food colouring of your choice.
  • Decorative garnish, such as lavender petals, orange peel, or anything you can get creative with.

Tools You Will Need

  • Mixing Bowl.
  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk.
  • A plastic mould to make your bath bomb in.  This can be anything like; a Christmas star decoration, an old toy that is hollow or small plastic containers.  Small plastic objects are what you need, get creative with it!

How to Make Your Bath Bombs 

  1. Place your bicarb soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt in your mixing bowl and use your whisk to mix all the ingredients until they are completely stirred through. 
  2. Place the base oil, the essential oil and the food colouring in your small bowl and use your whisk until the oils are completely mixed through. 
  3. Incrementally, slowly add the oil mixture into your dry mix.  Add a small amount of oil to your dry mix, stir it in using your whisk, then add some more oil and repeat. 
  4. When the oil is completely mixed with the dry mix, add a few drops of water to the mixture.  It will fizz when you do this so mix it in quickly.  The mixture should slightly clump together when it is in your hand and it should keep together.  Try not to make it too wet!  
  5. When you add your garnish, place it into the bottom of your mould in a pattern you desire.  Then, place your mixture into the mould, using a teaspoon to pack it in tightly and smoothly.
  6. Lastly, you must wait 2-4 hours for your bath bombs to set.  Once they are set, all you need to do is remove them from their moulds and then your bath bombs are ready to use.  Congratulations!  Let’s get fizzing!

What Makes Bath Bombs Fizz?

Bath bombs are made using citric acid (acidic) and bicarb soda (base).  When these things are mixed dry, they do nothing.  However, when they are submerged in water, a chemical reaction goes underway and the two compounds release carbon dioxide.  The carbon dioxide released are the bubbles you see!

Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom Using Your Bath Bombs

When your bath bombs are made, other than use the bath bombs, no doubt your kids will want to see them!  You will need some ways to display them over your inset or freestanding bathtub.  

1. Glass Jars  

Glass jars are a great way to display your bath bombs because they will be visible to your children through the transparent glass, but will also keep them organised.  You can put these beside your bath for easy use or along your bathroom vanity and furniture.  

2. Bathroom Shelving 

Another space to display bath bombs can be on shelving you have near your bathtub.  Evenly spaced out flat or even leaning against a wall is a great way to accessorise the bathroom.  

3. Hanging Baskets

If you have railing in your bathroom or even beside your freestanding bathtub, you may have a way to mount some hanging baskets.  Having a designated bath bomb basket will be a great way to put them on display and a great way to keep your bathroom on display.  

4. In the Bathtub!

Lastly, the best way to display your bath bomb is in the bath itself! Don’t get focused on storing them, they are supposed to be used!  Some people say only use one at a time but who are they to judge?  It is your bath and they are your bath bombs!

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