Posted by on 2/10/2020 to Let's Talk: Relax, Soak and Unwind after Work
Best Bath Bombs for Kids: Make Homemade Bath Bombs for Kids with Toys Inside
Homemade bath bombs for kids are all the rage these days when trying to add some more fun in the tub. The great thing about bath bombs is they are easy to make at home, safe, and even your child can help you make them any day of the week!
As long as you use all natural, skin safe fragrances and materials, there is nothing more that can make for an exciting bath time then bath bombs for your kids. Not only do they spin, fizz, float and make the water a memorizing colors, you can throw a little surprise toy inside and really see there face light up with excitement!
Whenever making bath bombs for kids, I always think less is more. Many bath bombs these days are using upwards of 10-12 ingredients, but reality is to make a really cool, usable and fun bath bomb for your child, you only need about half of those, and you should only use about that many!
Be sure when choosing your ingredients or if you're simply going to buy a set of kids bath bombs off of Amazon, to look for ingredient labels and stay away from ones with harsh cleaners, non-skin safe fragrances or synthetic dyes, all of which can irritate the skin.
I prefer essential oils when adding aroma's to kids bath bombs because they are all natural!
Choosing a Fun Mold
One of the best things about bath bombs is that they can literally take the shape of about anything, however keep in mind the more round a mold is, the easier the bath bomb will work and come out of the mold once packed down, so keep that in mind if you intent to make one with the kiddos.
So what can you choose for a kids mold?
Anything really, from nautical themed bath bombs (which you can easily find) on Amazon, to empty Easter eggs lying around the house, all the way to simple cupcake trays. Regardless of the mold you choose, make sure it's sturdy enough to press together and compact the materials once it's ready for molding.
Embedding Toys Inside of your Homemade Bath Bomb
This part all depends on what you are embedding into your bath bomb. You do have to think about size of the product and whether it is something that should actually be placed inside a bath bomb.
Our advice is to always encapsulate the toys because it does two different things. Number one the ingredients will not damage the toy, and the capsule also helps the bath bomb float because of the air pocket it creates in the center. We recommend using plastic capsules or vending capsules to house these toys, like you would use for bath bombs with rings or jewelry inside of them.
However, we have seen some cool designed kids bath bombs with little rubber toys in them without the capsule, like these dinosaur bath bombs from Amazon. If you choose not to embed the toy into a capsule, then your surprise toy will be exposed to the mixture inside of the bath bomb, which in some cases may be completely fine.
A third option is to actually have the toy embedded into the top part of the mold, sort of like the picture below. Now this will require you to place the toy in one-side of the mold first and then place the mixture over-top, so that when pressed together and taken out of the mold this will be reveled on the surface of the bath bomb. Keep in mind that this is a little trickier to accomplish and that at least some of the toy will still be exposed to the mixture.
(disclaimer: bath bombs with small toys should be used with caution around young children because they can be a choking hazard, so always supervise your young ones with small items like these).
Lets Talk Ingredients within our Bath Bomb for Kids
Ingredients (Makes Roughly 2-3 medium to large sized bath bombs)
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
- 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
- 1/4 Cup Epsom Salt
- 1 tsp Sweet almond Oil
- Spray bottle with Water, or Witch Hazel
- 5 Drops food Coloring of Choice and/or Mica powder
- 20 drops Essential Oil of Choice
A great place to look for Kids Bath Bomb Kits is Brambleberry, as they have everything included to make an awesome bath bomb for children ages, 6-15.
Okay So now you have your ingredients for your homemade bath bomb for your kid(s), now what?
Measure & mix your dry ingredients together. I like to start by whisking my ingredients and then use my hands to rub the mixture in between them. This allows me to really get the mixture into the finest texture I can, which is what you want. You want to avoid clumping, so make sure all your ingredients are fine grain. You can also use a sifter to help get the clumps out!
Mix together your essential oil, sweet almond oil, and good coloring of choice in another bowl.
Pour wet ingredients (minus the water) into your dry and mix again using your hands (with gloves) or a whisk of some sort. Don't pour water directly into the mixture yet, as this can cause it to react, fizz to early and then result in you not getting that fizz action in the final product.
Use a spray bottle to mist the mixture 3-4 times as you continue to stir, if not your baking soda/citric acid reaction will start to occur which is not what you want at this time.
So spray and mix, spray and mix!
Squeeze your mixture in the palm of your hand, if it stays together in one clump & and does not stick to your hands, you are most likely at a good consistency & ready to mold.
You can also do the drop text. Squeeze your mixture and then drop it from about 6-10 inches above the bowl. If the mixture stays together it is ready to mold. If to dry, add more spritzes of water. If to wet, add a little more baking soda.
Fill one half of the mold with the mixture and add the capsule or toy inside, cover capsule slightly with a little more mixture. Then add mixture to the other half of the mold.
It's important to over-fill each half of the mold with mixture, for the next step which is to press both sides together firmly for 5-10 seconds. Tap the outside of the mold, and remove one half of the mold while holding it in the palm of your hand. Now tap the bottom and dump the bath bomb into your oppostie hand or onto a soft (foam-like) surface.
Let these molds dry 24-48 hours before using in the tub. Place these in the tub carefully and slowly as they will be more likely to float. Watch you kids excitement happen.
** Using Oil(s) can make the bath tub slippery. Please, please, please use caution after emptying water. You can also do these bath bombs minus the sweet almond oil! **
So these are the basics on how to make the best bath bomb for kids with toys inside of them. Trust me when we tell you your kids will go crazy over these and bath time might just get easier with these homemade bath bombs for kids. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to share our posts and products on social media if you'd like! Have a great day!